Isn’t it funny that many of us heavily anticipate the holidays, counting down the days until Thanksgiving arrives and anxiously awaiting the time until we see our families … and then the actual occasion turns out to be more stressful and less relaxing than we anticipated? Whether it’s family members fighting, a burned turkey that you’ve tried so hard to prepare in a way that would impress those gathered, a feeling of guilt from overeating or “letting yourself go,” or just general holiday tension, many of us finish out our holiday vacations feeling like we need another vacation!
Holidays can get Stressful:
The holidays take a toll on our bodies and health … between the parties and cocktails, the unending supply of sweets that seem to appear during the holidays, the lack of sleep, and the large celebratory meals, many of us end up feeling not-so-great about ourselves after the holiday season.
Estimates vary, but WebMD says that the average American consumes 4,500 calories and 229 gms fat during Thanksgiving Dinner alone! We all know about the “food
Well, I’m never going to end the bickering between Aunt Gertrude and Uncle Tommy, and I’m certainly not going to tell you to just eat a salad instead of enjoying Thanksgiving dinner, but hopefully I can help you get through the holiday feeling a bit less stressed and a bit healthier overall than you otherwise would have. Here are my top 7 tips for surviving Thanksgiving healthily and happily:
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7 Tips to Enjoy Thanksgiving Happily and Healthily
1. Be thankful
In my family, on Thanksgiving, we used to all go around the table and name a few things we were thankful for. This seems a bit cheesy, but it actually
2. Choose where to indulge
I believe wholeheartedly in enjoying the things that you really love on Thanksgiving Day, even if they’re not “healthy foods.” So if you adore pumpkin pie and spend all year thinking about it, by all means, enjoy a slice guilt-free! But that doesn’t mean you need to go back for a second (or third, or fourth) slice even after you’re feeling uncomfortably full. The same thing goes for other items on the table … if there’s a dish that you don’t actually enjoy, there’s no need to pile an extra-large serving on your plate “just because it’s Thanksgiving.” Choose what you do like, enjoy it, and move on!
3. Exercise, even on busy days
I absolutely love the growth in popularity of Turkey Trots, Thanksgiving-themed road
4. Fit in some veggies
I shared my round-up of Thanksgiving recipes with you, and every option besides the protein pancakes includes some kind of vegetable. Whether you use one of those recipes, eat a salad before dinner, or snack on some veggies and hummus during cooking, try to fit in some vegetables during the day to get an extra boost of nutrients.
5. Step back, breathe, and appreciate what you do have
After you consciously express your gratitude from Tip #1, this tip can stick with you throughout the entire holiday. No one’s family, life, or situation is perfect, but we can all take
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6. Don’t forget your water!
As you know, water helps to improve your digestion, regulate your appetite, and is critical to keep your body functioning well and keep you feeling your best. Especially if your holiday involves alcohol, focus on getting in water whenever you can.
So tell me in the comments … What will you do to make your Thanksgiving a bit healthier? Where will you spend Thanksgiving this year? If you don’t celebrate American Thanksgiving, what’s your best tip to keep holidays healthy?