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How To Avoid Overeating This Thanksgiving

Whether you're excited to try every part of the turkey or chow down on sweet potatoes, it can be easy to overeat on Thanksgiving. In order to avoid feeling too full or consuming extra calories this year, try one of these simple techniques to help reduce the amount you eat at the dinner table. 

Eat normally leading up to dinner 
If you're driving to your relatives' house or preparing for everyone to come to yours, it can be hard to keep a normal schedule on Thanksgiving. However, having breakfast and lunch before dinner can go a long way in preventing you from overeating and feeling bloated. Often people don't eat leading up to the main meal, which causes them to overload their plates and eat quickly. 

You don't need a big breakfast or lunch, but having something in your stomach will let you focus on tasting the flavors you've been looking forward to without overdoing it. One great, light option is to whip up a green smoothie in you Oster® Versa® Performance Blender. Share it with the whole family.

Start small 
Once there's food on your plate, there's a good chance you'll eat it all, whether you overloaded it or not. One simple way to prevent overeating is to take a little less of everything. Just scoop a small portion of mashed potatoes, a bit of the green beans or a little turkey to start off your meal - most people want variety of tastes on Thanksgiving, rather than just volume. After you clear your plate, you'll have a chance to decide if you want seconds without feeling overloaded.

If you're worried about having enough of everything, More magazine suggested taking leftovers rather than having seconds. Use your handheld vacuum sealing system to conveniently save a few of your favorite foods for later. That way you'll spread out your tasty meal over a longer period of time and won't feel too full at once. 

Start with the vegetables 
If you chow down on the turkey, mashed potatoes or other high-calorie foods right off the bat, you're more liable to eat too many calories.

Instead, a good technique to avoid breaking your diet is to start with lower calories dishes, the Washingtonian magazine explained. Chow down on grilled veggies or salad to start your meal. Chances are by the time you feel full or satisfied, you'll have eaten fewer fatty foods. 

Make some time for exercise 
Although Thanksgiving can be hectic, make some time for a morning jog or a fall walk with your family to get your blood pumping and your metabolism active. Don't use this exercise as an excuse to overeat, but you may feel a bit better if you get in a quick workout before dinner and eat less.