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It's All About That Plate!

Hello Loyal Soup People! During this time of year, I like to remind everyone of tips to stay healthy during the holiday season. Or, even during one holiday meal – like the one coming up on Thursday. While I certainly don’t think that indulging in one big meal is going to derail your healthy eating plan, it doesn’t hurt to have a few tools to help you stay a bit more on track.

In the past, I’ve written about a number of tricks and tips. But really, what it comes down to is your plate – the size and contents. It’s that simple:

– Plate size: Keep it small. Use a side or salad plate. Quite simply, you can’t fit as much food on a salad plate as you can on a dinner plate. Smaller portions = fewer calories = less likely to overeat.

– Plate contents: Fill half of your salad plate up with… salad! Or roasted vegetables, grain salad, etc… you get the idea. The less room there is for stuffing, the less you’ll eat!

Once you’ve cleared your plate, sit for at least fifteen minutes before going up for seconds. Let your body decide if you’re still hungry or if you are just mindlessly eating. After fifteen minutes, if you still want more food – enjoy!

And whatever you do, don’t punish yourself if you go a bit overboard. Life is short. Have a piece of pie.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!

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