The Super Easy Way to Cut Back on Calories This Thanksgiving

Overeating is kind of synonymous with the holiday season and on no date does that seem to apply more than on Thanksgiving (and the days that always follow in a flood of leftovers).

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Wellness expert and author Sophia Gushee says that rather than beating yourself up over this “natural wave of temptations,” try this trick instead:

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“Thanksgiving is often the start of a season of indulgence: Turkey, stuffing, gravy, pie, cookies, and lots of cocktails! Rather than feel guilty, I just go with the flow. Before events, I fill up on vegetables, cold-pressed juices or soups so that I'm not entering an event starving. I then eat whatever I want, but just half the portion or few forkfuls, unless it's really delicious. The next day, or when I can control my meals and drinks, I choose healthier. I know January will be a fresh month.”

And when it comes to choosing those almost-omniprescent cocktails, Gushee says go for this: “My new favorite cocktail is tequila, sparkling water, and lime juice. It has less sugar, a slew of reported health benefits, and the hangover is better than from wine!”


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