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Ravenous for turkey? Dietitians share Thanksgiving tips

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Casual Family Dinner Carving Thanksgiving Turkey.

Some Delaware dietitians say Thanksgiving is more than just about family food traditions. It’s about getting the right nutrition. 

University of Delaware dietitian Sharon Collison said she often hears stories of people who eat only a small snack during the day and are absolutely ravenous by the time they sit down for their holiday meal.

“Your body does much better with eating throughout the day and can’t handle such a large load at once and you’re more likely to store calories as fat. It’s too much on the body,” Collison said.


It’s not uncommon for people to want to skip meals to save room for Thanksgiving dinner, but Christiana Care Health System registered dietitian Alyssa Atanacio says if you do skip a meal, you’re more likely to feel more hungry and eat more calories than you should.


“One of the biggest things I say is to make sure to have a breakfast, lunch, snack before the Thanksgiving meal so you’re not left starving by the time the party comes around,” Atanacio said.


Atanacio and Collison say it’s better to not starve yourself. Collison recommends eating scrambled eggs with veggies and whole grain toast or even refrigerated oatmeal with plenty of fruit for breakfast.


“Either of those meals is going to hold someone over for a good three to four hours and set them up so they’re not ravenous,” Collison said.


Then — you’ll be hungry enough to gobble up your Thanksgiving dinner.

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