Last week, our office sponsored a buffet social where all staff brought their favorite Thanksgiving dish. We had two turkeys, potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, and lots of desserts. As one of my co-workers and I walked into the feast, he remarked to me how difficult it is to stay on a diet during the holidays. I paused and asked, “Why?” He said there were too many tasty items to eat and he couldn’t help but stuff himself.
After thinking about his statement, I realized there were two parts about feasting with family and friends that defined the feast: plates piled high and the ability to return to the buffet table for seconds. Based on those comforts, my recommendations were two-fold: (1) select the absolute smallest plate offered; and (2) fill your plate to overflowing with vegetables and fruit first – and refill your plate later with the same. With a smaller plate, it will be filled quickly, allowing a taste (tablespoonful) of the favorites like turkey, stuffing, gravy, etc. After you have eaten two plates of vegetables (with smaller portions of stuffing, etc.), help yourself to one of the healthiest dessert options – this year we had lots of fruit trays – yea! Then decide if you are still hungry for anything else.
Let me know if this worked for you for this holiday season!