With a holiday so centered around a tempting buffet of food, lazy days watching football and pies galore, it can be hard to not feeling like the stuffed turkey after Thanksgiving. Here are a few tips on how to stay fit and healthy during your Thanksgiving holiday:
Eat Breakfast: We tend to save up our appetite for a big meal, but you’ll end up overeating if you do.
Chew Slowly: Focus on your loved ones and enjoy the dinner table conversation. Give your body time to process how much you’re eating so you don’t eat too much.
Drink Water: Our bodies often misinterpret being thirsty as being hungry; staying hydrated will help you eat appropriately-sized portions. And, remember, that all those liquid calories in alcohol can really sneak up on you too.
Exercise: Take your family to the Turkey Trot for a fun fitness outing, shop til you drop during Black Friday sales, or, if you’re traveling, try these easy exercises you can do in the car or an airplane.
Buy the Best: Turkey can be an incredibly healthy part of the Thanksgiving spread. Make sure to choose pasture-raised, organic turkey to feed to your family so that you can avoid the contamination risks and toxicity that are in conventional meat.
Choose Wisely: Remember, Fats Don’t Make You Fat, Carbs Do! Load up your plate with turkey and veggies and check out these delicious options for healthy side dishes:
- Spaghetti Squash Gratin
- Bacon, Cranberry and Mushroom Rice Stuffing – one of my favorites!!
- Brussels Sprouts Two Ways – Parmesan Herb-Stuffed or Pan-Seared with Cranberries and Pecans
- Roasted Pumpkin Risotto
- Fresh Green Bean Casserole
- Opt for Sweet Potato Casserole over Mashed Potatoes
- Forget the canned Cranberry Sauce
Don’t Skip Dessert: It’s okay to splurge a little. If you’re like me, trying to stop eating any dessert is likely to make me abandon my diet altogether. Limit yourself to one piece of pie and try this yummy, healthy version of whipped cream instead.
Remember the Primary Ingredient: Gratitude! If your Fall has been anything like mine, it is likely that stress has taken its toll on your body; and if not already, the upcoming holidays sure might. Gratitude has been proven to have great health benefits so cherish the time with your family and friends, relax, and remember all that you have to be thankful for this holiday season. As I look forward to Thanksgiving next week, I am reminded of all that I have to be thankful for, especially for my health. I am so grateful for all that I have learned and for the incredible healing, especially with the chronic pain I used to suffer from, that I have experienced this year.
What are you thankful for this year?