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How to Prevent Thanksgiving Overeating

It’s way too easy to eat more than you planned when you have a table filled with juicy turkey, delicious-looking sides, and mouthwatering desserts. But nobody wants to deal with the food-binge fallout: those extra holiday pounds. To avoid the bulging after effects of overeating, here’s a little food for thought:

  1. Adjust your appetite. Have something high in fiber like an apple and drink plenty of water right before dinner. Such items make you feel full and can help you cut down on food consumption.


  1. Control your portions. Don’t fall victim to heaping piles of macaroni and cheese, rice and gravy and other empty calories on your plate. Less is more. The rule of thumb should be to try a little of everything you like to eat, but not too much.


  1. Make Thanksgiving your cheat day. For those who refuse to say no to a tempting menu, eat less and healthy for a few days leading up to the holiday, then let loose and enjoy yourself on the day off without feeling guilty.

You can practice these helpful hints this Thanksgiving, and also help Michigan Park SHARE with others by donating a holiday basket to a family in need through the SHARE program. An entire dinner is just $30. Submit a completed SHARE form with your donation at MPCC to Deacon Winfred Lynch, Deacon Dellie Reed or Deacon Larry Cook in the church office. All donation must be received by November 8th. If you or someone you know needs a holiday basket, please contact the church office at 202-526-3355.

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