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How To Enjoy The Food on Thanksgiving But Not Overeat

Another Thanksgiving is upon us with all the food temptations. It seems like, Thanksgiving has become a holiday about food and not giving thanks. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with enjoying the food; what is wrong is that the food has become the main focus.

Below, you will find 8 simple advice on how to make it through the Thanksgiving meal without stuffing yourself and eating more food than you should but still enjoy all the foods.


Here are a few tips to help you get through the Thanksgiving meal:


  1. Keep in mind the more food you eat does not mean the more fun you have.

  2. If at the Thanksgiving meal, you are serving yourself (buffet or family style), put on your plate half of the food that you think you can eat. You can always get more.

  3. Remember to eat slowly and mindfully. Always put your fork down between bites and chew your food well. By eating slowly and mindfully, you will get more satisfaction from eating, and you will end up eating less.

  4. Go to the Thanksgiving meal hungry, but make sure you eat slowly when the meal comes.

  5. If you are serving yourself, the first time you go up to get food, get salad only, and then go back for the main course after you eat the salad.

  6. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert.

  7. Remember the consequences of overeating and how uncomfortable you will feel afterward. Why do that to yourself? You can have a great time at Thanksgiving without having to stuff yourself.

  8. Whatever you do, DON'T GO LOW FAT. If you go low fat, you will simply just eat more. So just enjoy your food and try to stop eating when you have satisfied your hunger.


The only thing that is meant to be stuffed on Thanksgiving is the turkey!


Have a great Thanksgiving,

Stavros Mastrogiannis


P.S. Keep this in mind. Overeating is not bad for you; overeating all the time is bad for you. So, if you end up eating a little bit more on Thanksgiving than you should, no big deal. Just undereat the next day to balance it out.



Stavros Mastrogiannis is a 30-year veteran of the weight loss field and specializes in permanent weight loss. He owns Live Your Way Thin LLC in Danbury and is the creator of The Stavros Method.


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