How to stay healthy on Thanksgiving
More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving is centered around our love of food. Did you know that the typical Thanksgiving dinner can range from 2,000 – 4,000 calories? When you consider that the “average person” should take in around 2,000 calories per day, it’s easy to see how many of us start to put on holiday pounds this time of year.
There are many things you can do to stay healthy while still enjoying your turkey and pumpkin pie:
Fill your plate only once.
Thanksgiving is usually served “family style” so it’s easy to keep going back for more. Instead of treating dinner like an open buffet, make one pass at the food and resolve to eat only one plate at dinner. Skip the seconds in favor of pumpkin pie.
Don’t forget about color.
Think about all of the food typically served at thanksgiving: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and rolls. Notice a theme here? Add some color to your plate with a nice, green salad. Salad and fresh veggies can help fill you up on the good stuff so you don’t over-indulge.
Consider portion control.
It’s easy to pile our plates high with a lot of everything set out before us. When you add in appetizers, snacks, meal, desserts, and seconds… you realize just how much food you can eat. Try eating just a little of everything that way you still get to enjoy all of your favorite treats, just on a much smaller scale.
Go for a post-dinner walk.
It’s tempting to let the tryptophan take over and put us into food coma. Instead of passing out post-meal, go for a walk around the block. Not only will you burn calories, but you will also help your body with digestion.