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  • Writer's pictureDr. David satterfield

Keep Your Portions In Check This Thanksgiving

Updated: Nov 27, 2019

Let’s Face it Thanksgiving is a holiday of indulgence. And that’s ok! Allowing yourself to enjoy some treats you might not ordinarily have and not feeling guilty about is what the day is all about. Maintaining consistent healthy eating habits allows us to remain metabolically flexible and return to our normal routine with ease.

That being said consuming too much in one sitting can leave us feeling bloated, tired, and aggravate conditions such as acid reflux. Below are a couple tips to help make it a little easier to avoid the Thanksgiving food coma:

1. Choose A Small Piece Of Dinnerware

Selecting a smaller plate can “trick” our mind into thinking we are consuming more than we actually are. A smaller plate also allows us time in between our second or third trip to the Thanksgivng table for food to reach our stomach and for us determine if we are actually still hungry.

2. Visualize A Portion

Knowing how much a portion is of our favorite food can help us determine how much of what we should consume. For example, a suggested serving size of meat is 3 ounces or about the size of a deck of cards.


Remebering to hydrate can dramatically cut down on how hungry you’re feeling. Often times being dehydrated can make us feel hungrier than we actually are.

4. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving is one day and and following a looser set of eating guidelines is ok. Return to your normal eating habits the next day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

David Satterfield, D.C.

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