Enjoy Thanksgiving Healthfully

By Alecia Miguel

As we break into this lovely November, we are also dawning upon the day that restrictive dieters fear, Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving has been known to be potato, gravy, and sugar-filled and can trigger some worries and anxieties for those trying to eat healthily. Fear not my friends, a little potato, gravy, and sugar for one day is not gonna ruin your life! You’ve been eating healthy balanced meals all year, you deserve a little indulgence in mom’s mac-and-cheese you’ve been craving all year. However, you don’t want to feel aches and pains of regret shortly after. Here are some tips on how to avoid those feelings and still enjoy your dinner!
Your main rule on Thanksgiving is to be sure to adhere to any clinical advice or orders. If you have any health conditions that require dietary restrictions, stick to the foods that won’t really ruin your night. Next rule: please, please, please don’t eat too much at once! That is a Thanksgiving rookie mistake! Take a little of all of the dishes you want and sit and fully enjoy the food, drink, and fellowship. Think about the flavors, textures, smells, and colors and savor them! After you finish your first plate, wait about 15 to 20 minutes before going for another. Try not to load up on too many carbs at dinner, you wanna save room for dessert where you’re likely going to get a lot of sugar. One more tip I want to leave you with, and a personal favorite of mine, is to take a post-dinner walk, weather permitting of course. My family and I often spend holidays with this one family we’ve known for several years. One of the girls and I always take a casual walk post-epic meal, and it’s a wonderful way to get your digestion on, and prepare for dessert! By the time you get back, they’ll likely have all the dessert, coffee, and other wonderful hot drinks ready to warm your insides (insert hug emoji here).
I hope some of you try these tips and come up with your own perfect Thanksgiving ritual. The most important thing is to enjoy the time surrounded by family and to feel good at the end of the night. Happy feasting!

 

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