Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving


It's hard to believe that tomorrow is already Thanksgiving. That means Christmas is just around the corner. Wasn't it just summer?

It seems that Thanksgiving has become more about the food than the actual giving of thanks. I can understand the food part to an extent. It's tradition. It's what we grew up having each holiday. It's the time when families actually take the time to gather around a table, together. But, it shouldn't be a total free-for-all to eat like it's our last meal.

When did a holiday become a free pass for all things unhealthy? Don't get me wrong, I'll have my dad's manicotti or a holiday cookie in absolute moderation. But the rest of my meals for the day are very typical of how I eat day-to-day. My tummy usually thanks me too. I mean, admit it. How many times have you over done it and your tummy rumbles around the rest of the day? Yep, not fun.

Don't worry, I'm not going to preach about not gorging ourselves on Thanksgiving or try healthify every recipe. I am a realist. Instead, I thought I might share some tips on how to enjoy Thanksgiving day without popping the buttons off of your pants.
  • Don't skip breakfast! This will only ensure that you over eat.
  • Start the day with a workout.
  • If you're going to indulge, only go for the things you know you won't eat any other time of the year, but control the portion size.
  • Use a small plate and no refills.
  • Take your time eating, converse with your family and friends instead. Chew slowly.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Skip the rolls.
  • Load up on vegetables (as long as they're not sopping in butter) and lean protein.
  • Skip the gravy.
  • Step away from the salt shaker.
  • If you plan to drink wine, make it a spritzer and chase it with water.
  • Most importantly, enjoy the time with loved ones and take a minute to give thanks.
Do you let yourself indulge during holiday meals or do you have some tips/tricks of your own for enjoying without going overboard?