Three Tips to a Healthy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is one of the few days in the year that almost every dieter thinks to themselves, “I’m taking the day off. I have been working hard and I deserve a day when I don’t worry about my diet…” I totally get that mindset and I think it has its merits. There is proof that cheat meals and high calorie days have the ability to motivate or kick start a metabolism. I believe that. There are a couple of issues we have to think through though. First, high calorie days are not an excuse to binge for our waking hours. Binging, even on specific, preplanned days, is a habit that everyone should be wary of. Second, It is easy to fall into the six week trap that is the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Thanksgiving is one meal, on one afternoon, and whatever we do, we should return to our lives’ normalcy once we are finished. You can enjoy the food of the holiday and not sabotage your healthy lifestyle, but here a couple ways to pre-plan some protection into your holiday!

  1. Run, Walk or Crawl in a Turkey Trot

Turkey TrotIn a town near you, someone is almost guaranteed to be hosting a turkey trot. Thanksgiving Day is one of the most popular days of the year to host an organized run! Most trots are in the 3.1-6.2 mile range with many offering a 1 mile option. Start small if you doubt yourself, but realize, you aren’t trying to place or make the US Olympic team. You are there to participate in a run because you are a healthy person making healthy decisions in your life!

Turkey Trots provide a fun activity that everyone can be a part of, and will allow your family to get out of the chefs hair for several hours! Also, working out or running are a beautiful way to remind your body that you are a healthy person at heart, and you are making choices that at least acknowledge that.

Another activity to think about is the good ole “Family Football Game.” Everyone loved seeing the “Meet the Fockers” family play a friendly game of football in the movie! Organize your own, and enjoy the activity!

  1. Create Healthy Options

Ken Andrews Recipe for Cranberry SaladWant a delicious recipe for the RFM Cranberry Salad?

In my family’s dinner, we have a lot of recipes that are tradition, and that we don’t want to get rid of for nostalgic reasons. I get that and I am not arguing against it, but I do want to suggest that we can add a side dish or two to provide some nutrients into the meal. In my families’ meals in years past, the only things that were green were the Green Bean Casserole (delicious, but not heart healthy!) or the Jello! Add some side dishes that your family would enjoy and that give everyone an option for some health during the meal!

  1. Start the Day with Food!

DON’T STARVE YOURSELF! I can’t say this enough, and yes, I know that I have always thought this way too. “I am saving room for the big meal.” No! Don’t do it! Really you are preparing yourself for a huge binge and it isn’t healthy! Not for your body or your mind! I would suggest grabbing a bite to eat in the morning! It doesn’t have to be big, but that meal is a support for you to walking into Thanksgiving meal with a grip on your choices!

Starting your day with food, participating in a Turkey Trot and providing some healthy options are three ways you can approach a healthier Thanksgiving Day Meal! These suggestions don’t sacrifice the special nature of the day, they just keep you in control while you enjoy the day!