Have a Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving

Tips for a Healthy, Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s that time of year again; the time when the turkey on the table isn’t the only one getting stuffed. With friends and family packing it in like there’s no tomorrow, it can be hard to stay on track with your diet and resist giving into peer-pressure and temptation. And with an array of different comfort-food dishes on the table and so many delicious aromas making their way into your nostrils, forgoing a Thanksgiving all together would be almost unbearable. Fortunately, you can still have a healthy Thanksgiving and still enjoy the foods you love with a little bit of moderation. Use the following tips to have a happy Thanksgiving while staying healthy at the same time!

Volunteer to bring your favorite dish

Whether it is turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, or pie – ask the host of the party if you could contribute the Thanksgiving dish you love the most! This way, you will be able to control exactly what goes into it (we all know the aunt who manages to pack 5 sticks of butter into her mashed potato dish) so that you can indulge with confidence knowing that you made your dish in a health-conscious way.

Decide on a reasonable number of dishes to try beforehand

Before Thanksgiving arrives, decide how many different dishes you want to try. Keep the number between 3 and 7. Less than three and you might go a little crazy from tasty food deprivation. More than 7 and the amount of calories you eat will definitely be pushing the limit, even if you tell yourself you will only take a couple bites of each.

Indulge in moderation

Ever hear of the saying “take everything in moderation”? This applies to Thanksgiving pies. If pie, or something equally as calorie-laden and unhealthy, is one of the Thanksgiving dishes you are keen on trying, then go right ahead. If you are going to indulge in pie at any time during the year, Thanksgiving is the time to do it! The key here is to limit how much you have of the “bad stuff”. For example, cut what would be considered a “normal” sized piece of pie in half so that you can indulge without overdoing it.

If you do overindulge a little, forgive yourself!

Don’t let one slip up mess up the rest of your diet and fitness plan. If you end up eating a little more than you probably should have, just eat a little less the next day and hit the gym to help burn off some of the extra calories you consumed.

Last but not least, don’t forget to be thankful!

Often times, we primarily think of Thanksgiving as being about food. This is not the point of this holiday, nor should it be! Make sure you focus on celebrating what Thanksgiving is really about: giving thanks for what you have and cherishing spending time with friends and family. This is truly the key to a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!