Thanksgiving is a time to indulge in your favorite fall foods. With that being said, the average person consumes 3,000 calories at their Thanksgiving meal. Although eating tends to take center stage during the holidays, it’s important to take care of your health. Here’s how you can enjoy the holiday feast without the guilt or the weight gain.
A Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving
1. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Before devouring turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and rolls, don’t forget to have a healthy breakfast and lunch. You’re more likely to overeat when you are extremely hungry. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to allow the body to absorb nutrients.
2. Get Active
Making time for exercise on Thanksgiving Day will burn calories and give you energy. Get the blood flowing by inviting the whole family for a walk after dinner or a fun dance party. Not only will you feel healthier, but you’ll experience a night of family adventure and bonding.
3. Lighten Up
Although you may be tempted to throw in as much salt, butter, and sugar into your thanksgiving dishes, we recommend making a few healthier dish options. Whether it’s a veggie-packed side dish, roasted turkey, or heart-healthy dessert, it’s possible to take classic thanksgiving dishes and give them a healthy twist.
4. Eat Slowly
Eating slowly and putting your fork down between bites will allow you taste each bite and fully enjoy your meal. As a bonus, you’re more likely to feel satisfied with one plate full of food.
5. Limit Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol calories can add up quickly. Stick with just one or two cocktails with your meal. Make sure to drink water in between alcoholic beverages.
6. Savor Leftovers
Portion your Thanksgiving feast into Tupperware containers to enjoy whenever you need a quick dinner. If you’re feeling creative, whip up a turkey salad, wrap, soup, or sandwich.
Call Lakeview Family Medicine Today
Thanksgiving is a cornucopia of family memories, tasty feasts, and giving thanks. While it’s important to keep your healthy habits in check, it’s okay to give yourself some wiggle room. If you need help balancing your health and happiness, call Lakeview Family Medicine today! We’re confident in the health principles we preach and would love for you to come see us for a consultation.