Have a Happy – and Healthy – Thanksgiving

Other than Halloween, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season when we are surrounded by fun, family, and friends.  We are also constantly around delicious food and drinks.  Although a lot of us to look forward to enjoying this traditional home-cooked comfort food, Thanksgiving can also flip our normal routine upside down.  Here are some tips to keep you on track during Thanksgiving, while still allowing you to enjoy all of the festivities.

  1. Eat Beforehand – Don’t self-sabotage by going to a holiday gathering on an empty stomach. Similar to going grocery shopping when you’re starving, anything and everything will seem appealing.  A better option is to eat before you leave the house – whether it is breakfast or a snack.  Mixing protein and carbohydrates will give you sustained energy to prevent you from going overboard at the buffet.  Try a low-fat string cheese and a small apple, or a tablespoon of natural peanut butter on a one slice of whole wheat toast.
  2. BYOD (Bring Your Own Dish) – If you know the dinner you’re attending will be full heavy, high-fat foods, offer to make your own item. Make mashed potatoes with low-fat milk and reduced-fat sour cream.  For dessert, bake apples or pears sprinkled with cinnamon and serve with vanilla frozen yogurt for holiday flavor without all the added calories.
  3. Stay Active- if you want to maintain your weight during the holidays, it’s always a good idea to keep moving. Hit the gym before your day begins. If you aren’t a gym person, try getting the family together for a brisk neighborhood walk.
  4. Keep the healthy leftovers, and gift the rest – if your fridge is stocked with your entire Thanksgiving spread, you will be eating like this for the remainder of the week. Try giving away those tempting items like pies, stuffing, and sweet potato casserole.  Some great items to hold onto are white meat turkey without the skin, baked potatoes, and salad.  Once Thanksgiving is over, vow to make half your plate veggies, one quarter lean meat, and a quarter whole grains.
  5. Don’t get discouraged – one or two “unhealthy” meals isn’t the end of the world. If you overindulge on Thursday and Friday, try to follow tips 3 and 4 moving forward.  Another great way to get back on track is a healthy food delivery service, like DeliverLean.  You’ll be able to enjoy nutritious food, while adding time back into your day.  Remember- Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for life, family and friends.  Don’t let food get in the way of that!

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