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Thanksgiving Wellness Tips

Nov 5, 2015

Healthy & Happy Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving kicks off the most festive time of the year. Every weekend is packed with parties, family, and a lot of shopping. It's a time of gratitude, generosity and love, but it's important not to get too caught up and lose yourself during the hustle and bustle. While indulging is to be expected going overboard can leave some of us feeling ungrateful for a day that’s meant to be about gratitude. Try these four tips for having your healthiest Thanksgiving yet.

  1. Reflect together. Include a mini-meditation before you carve the turkey. Thanksgiving Day can be stressful and full of emotion (in both good ways and bad). Take a timeout to appreciate the food, family and friends that surround you.  Whether by leading a prayer or a simple quiet time before you sit down to the meal of the year everyone will be present, relaxed, and ready to be together.
  2. Portion Control. If you’re watching what you eat then only allow yourself one plate of Thanksgiving food. Half of your plate should be vegetables (green bean casserole doesn’t count), a quarter should be mashed or sweet potatoes, and a quarter should be turkey or ham. The more colorful your plate is the better.
  3. Thanksgiving Day turns into Game Day. Thanksgiving and football go hand-in-hand, but not everyone wants to toss the pigskin around. A game of cards or registering for your town’s annual Turkey Trot is a great way to get everyone involved. It’s easier to talk and catch up with family and friends when you’re playing a game and creating memories.
  4. Hydrate and hit the pavement. Drinking water throughout the day will reduce your potential to overeat later. Hunger is often mistaken for thirst, so keep a water bottle with you throughout the day. After you finish each meal it’s ideal to take a walk to boost your metabolism. Instead of hitting the couch after you finish your turkey gather up your family for a walk around the neighborhood.