Good Afternoon and Happy Sunday!
With Thanksgiving a few short days away, I thought I would share some of my tried and true tips for a Happy and Healthy Gobble, Gobble Day!
Thanksgiving only comes around once a year and I want you to ENJOY yourself.
5 Tips for a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving
- Be Active- Make fitness a family adventure, get up and take a walk early in the day and then again after dinner. It is a wonderful way for families to get physical activity and enjoy the holiday together.
- Eat Normally-While you might think it makes sense to save up calories for the big meal, I recommend eating your normal breakfast and a light lunch if you eat Thanksgiving later in day. Eating a nutritious meal with protein, fat and fiber before you arrive takes the edge off your appetite and allows you to be more discriminating in your food and beverage choices.
- Portion Control: Thanksgiving tables are bountiful and beautiful displays of traditional family favorites. Before you fill your plate, survey the table and decide what you’re going to choose. Then select a REASONABLE sized portion of foods you cannot live without. Don’t waste your calories on foods that you can have all year long. Fill your plate with small portions of holiday favorites that only come around once a year so you can REALLY savor and enjoy the traditional foods.
- Be Mindful– Your mental state when you eat is important. Don’t munch away without paying attention to the foods you eat. Instead, be present as you eat your meal with an attitude of thankfulness. This will help with digestion, and you will be more likely to be aware of the foods you are using to nourish your body. Thanksgiving is NOT the day to stress about your eats. Give yourself a break and just be mindful.
- Focus on Family and Friends- Thanksgiving is not just about the delicious food. It’s a time to celebrate relationships with family and friends. The main event should be family and friends socializing, spending quality time together, not just what is on the table. Give thanks for love, life, good food, your body and for what you have right now.