Ocean View Baptist Church
March 10, 2020
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5 ways to enjoy the Thanksgiving feast and not overeat

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The year's biggest day for caloric consumption arrives Thursday and overeating will be have a big seat at the feast table.Thanksgiving brings families and friends together around a spread of food like no other holiday. The challenge on this food-heavy day is knowing how to pace yourself to eat well, enjoy the company and not end up feeling like an overstuffed turkey.That's where Brian Wansink, a best-selling author on overeating and Cornell University researcher on eating behavior can help.Wansink wrote "Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions" and "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think." The books details plenty of research that shows when we are around lots of food, we eat a lot of it.The danger with Thanksgiving is there is a lot of comfort food available, "but there are strategies that allow you to eat what you want but not overeat," Wansink said.While the average person consumes roughly 1,800-2,000 calories per day, Thanksgiving has become a festival of food and more food. On that day, the research shows a person is likely to consumes roughly 4,000 calories, Wansink said."And that study wasn't a random sample, I would estimate that it could be twice that," Wansink said.So when many of us will eat enough on Thursday to be able to skip another meal for a day or more, Wansink offers some eating strategies that don't require tracking calories on day when food, family and friends may outweigh the best plans for a diet.

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