Thanksgiving Tips to Stay Happy and Healthy

Oh goody! Thanksgiving is here and along with it come the turkey, the gravy, the stuffing (or dressing), the pies, and all the other yummy dishes, baked by Grandma.

While it surely is a great time to be thankful and celebrate with family and friends, it can also be a stressful time. So to help you in your choices, we gathered 10 tips from trusted sources (recommended by our friends at GatorWell) that will help you indulge and remain healthy and happy!

  1. “Be realistic and do not try to lose pounds during the holidays, but rather focus on maintaining a workout schedule. Even a 10-15 min. brisk walk, twice a day, can help.” (California Pacific Medical Center, www.cpmc.org)

  2. “Try to make some time for yourself. Family times can be stressful and it is okay to take a time out and go for a walk outside, or call a friend.” (Intuitive Eating, www.intuitiveeating.org)

  3. “Make sure you eat regularly, throughout the day. If you skip meals, your primal hunger will kick in and you will end up eating beyond your fullness signals at the next meal.” (Intuitive Eating, www.intuitiveeating.org)

  4. “Treat the appetizer as a snack and be mindful of what is on your plate. Mindlessly taking one appetizer after another is not very satisfying and will probably diminish your enjoyment of the dinner.” (Intuitive Eating, www.intuitiveeating.org)  

  5. “Use ChooseMyPlate.gov to include foods from the different groups for your dinner.” Remember that your plate should include the following items: vegetables, grains, protein, fruits, and dairy. Make your plate colorful and load up on vegetables! (USDA ChooseMyPlate.gov)

  6. “Keep in mind that you can eat whatever pleases you at any time. You do not need to ‘get it all at the dinner.’ Pace yourself and enjoy every bite, with moderation.” (Intuitive Eating, www.intuitiveeating.org)

  7. “Do not forget that you can say ‘no’ to the second serving of food, if you get full. Again, you do not have to please everyone.” (Intuitive Eating, www.intuitiveeating.org)

  8. "Savor your food and take your time to appreciate the taste and textures, and pay attention to how you feel. Be mindful." (USDA ChooseMyPlate.gov)

  9. "Be careful with beverages. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating. Non-alcoholic beverages can be full of sugar too.” (California Pacific Medical Center, www.cpmc.org)

  10. Enjoy your time with your loved ones and focus on a healthy balance of food, activity and fun.

We hope these tips will help you. Have a great Thanksgiving!


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