Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many reasons but mostly for the food. But it’s also a time many of us tend to over indulge. This Thanksgiving we challenge you to make small changes and healthier choices to your approach to dinner, so you can enjoy your favorite foods without the guilt. We have 5 tips to help you have a healthier Thanksgiving.
Eating less and exercising more is the key to preventing holiday weight gain. Plan some time for exercise during the holidays, especially after your Thanksgiving dinner. Go for a walk with family, play football in the backyard, make it fun and family-oriented so it doesn’t feel like work.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Many people think that by skipping breakfast, they are saving up their calories for dinner but what actually ends up happening is by the time dinner rolls around, you are so hungry you end up over eating. Start your day with a small but satisfying breakfast so you won’t be starving by the time of the big meal.
Upping your water intake and staying hydrated is good advice any day, but especially on days like Thanksgiving where you are planning to eat more. Many Thanksgiving foods are high in sodium, so water will help flush that out and help alleviate bloating. It will also help you feel more energized throughout the day.
Slow Down and Savor
Slow down at the dinner table. Put your fork down between bites and savor each mouthful. You will appreciate the food more and ultimately consume less calories leaving you feel satisfied but not overly full.
Go Easy on the Alcohol
Alcohol calories can add up quickly. If you do choose to have a few drinks during the holidays, try to incorporate a water or sparkling water between each drink. This way you stay hydrated, limit alcohol calories, and stay safe and sober.
However you choose to celebrate this Thanksgiving, we hope you stay healthy, safe and savor the time with your loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving!