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#WellnessWednesday Tips for Thanksgiving

The day we’ve been waiting 364 days for is almost here! 24 hours from now we will be stuffing our faces (pun intended) with turkey, ham, stuffing, pumpkin pie and every casserole known to man. No one wants to be on a diet or watch what they eat on Thanksgiving. It’s the one day that it’s perfectly normal to eat massive amounts of food all day long and even multiple desserts. However, holiday weight gain is a real problem that many of us face year after year. Remember that Thanksgiving is about reflection and gratitude, not turkey and pie. With that in mind, we’ve got a few tips to help keep your health in check during Thanksgiving while still enjoying all of your favorite Thanksgiving foods. Read on to learn a couple of ways to avoid a gluttonous Thanksgiving.

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The biggest mistake that people make on Thanksgiving is skipping breakfast. That’s a HUGE mistake! Eat a reasonable breakfast so that you don’t overdo it come turkey time. When you’ve finished up with breakfast, go on a nice walk either by yourself or with a loved one. The fresh air and exercise will do your body a lot more good than sitting around watching football while waiting for the big meal. Plus, if you go alone you are able to reflect and soak in all the Thanksgiving gratitude.

During mealtime, allow yourself to enjoy your favorite foods. Thanksgiving may be the only time of year you get to eat grandma’s famous sweet potato casserole. Eat everything you want in moderation and don’t skip the veggies. When fixing your plate keep an eye on your portions, don’t overdo it. Go ahead and have a dessert, it is a holiday after all. Pick your favorite dessert from the spread and savor each bite.

After everyone has feasted on Thanksgiving turkey, grab your family and start a new tradition. Going on a nice, long walk is the perfect way for everyone to chat and really connect without the chaos of passing food across the table and fixing plates.

After your new traditional family walk, make sure to pack everyone leftovers to take home with them. Leftovers are everyone’s favorite part of Thanksgiving anyways, right? Less leftovers in your home mean fewer chances for you to have a small piece of pie here and there until you’ve eaten the entire pie.

 

How do you maintain your healthy habits during Thanksgiving? Share with us in the comments below.

 

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