Tips for a Health(ier) Thanksgiving

So I was checking my email today and came across this link from my girl Kimberly at Kim’s Beauty Detox. I thought it’d be a great link to share with you all. It’s got some tips (some that are fantastic and some that are a little too far out there…my family would never go for a turkey-free Thanksgiving!) on how to survive a Thanksgiving Day feast without completely destroying your diet. Mind you, when I use the word “diet” I don’t mean a short term way of eating that you’ve picked up to drop 10 or 15 pounds before _________ (insert event of choice here). No, when I use the word “diet” I’m talking about your long term way of eating, the positive changes you’ve made in your daily eating habits that are now the new normal for you. Think of it as using the word “diet” as a noun, not a verb. Make sense?

But Kimberly really does have some great tips in this article. I especially love #1, Start the day out as you normally would. This is important…don’t just wake up and say well, I’m going to be blowing it out of the water today anyways, might as well have a humongous breakfast to start this party off right! Do as you normally would, whether that’s a fruit smoothie, a bowl of oatmeal or a couple of scrambled eggs. Having something healthy in the morning will also tide you over so that you’re not completely famished by the time your family sits down for your Thanksgiving meal. Even though it may seem like it, not having anything to eat all day in anticipation of a huge lunch or dinner may cause you to overindulge even more.

I also really like tip #8, Skip the leftovers. It’s one meal folks, not 2 or 3 days worth of meals. Having the leftovers looking at you from the fridge the next day or two after Thanksgiving will only prolong the unhealthy eating you may be tempted to do over the holiday. Keep it to the one meal, and move on. Get right back on the wagon with your healthy eating after it’s all said and done. And if you can, get out for a walk or some sort of exercise after your food has settled a bit. Doing something physical can even help with digestion.

So check out Kimberly’s Thanksgiving tips. Like I said, there is no way my family (or me!) would ever feel like our Thanksgiving meal would be complete without our turkey, but there are definitely some tips worth considering in this article on how to enjoy your holiday, but keep the damage to your healthy diet as minimal as possible. Remember, you will have holiday party invitations arriving in the mail before too long, and the last thing you want is to have your favorite little black dress fitting too snugly.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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November 22, 2011. Uncategorized.

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