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Here's How to Keep Your Thanksgiving Healthy

By Virginia Laird

The two words "healthy" and "holiday" may not always sound great together. Considering all the food you and your family may enjoy, it might be necessary for some wiggle room when it comes to food selection. Although you may inevitably indulge in a few dishes which are not at the top of the health food list, there are plenty of things you can do to keep focused on staying healthy throughout the holidays. A few tips to consider include:

  • Drink water rather than calorie loaded beverages
  • Avoid seconds
  • Don't feel obligated to eat every dish on the table

Drink Water Rather Than Calorie Loaded Beverages

As you approach the holiday season it is important to make sure you lean on water as your choice of beverage. As you attend the various parties and gatherings you may find that you are surrounded by punches and adult beverages, both of which offer a host of empty calories. These calories can prove to pack on the pounds as well as dehydrate the body. It is advised, as you try to maintain a healthy weight throughout the holiday season, that you make sure to drink plenty of water which most recommend to be at least half of your body weight in ounces each day.

Avoid Seconds

Keeping Thanksgiving healthy and avoiding overeating can be as simple as limiting yourself to one trip to the buffet, including only one treat. Research suggests that many look at the Thanksgiving holiday as an excuse to consume as much as possible. Rather than having this happen, it is necessary to limit yourself to one serving. Although this food is scrumptious, try to avoid stuffing yourself so full that you may have to be “rolled to the door.”

Don't Feel Obligated to Eat Every Dish on the Table

All the traditional holiday food on your table may look (and smell) divine, but it is necessary that you do not feel obligated to try each and every dish. Making it a priority to avoid overeating is one of the best things you can do to keep your Thanksgiving healthy. Health and wellness experts suggest that choosing to eat right while avoiding overeating throughout the holidays is a great way to keep your health on track. Research suggests that far too many choose to consume everything in sight; it's simply not healthy and can make weight gain a lot easier.

Don’t let the glorious smell of all things tasty on your Thanksgiving table get the best of your waistline. Exercise some self control and make wise food choices. Happy Holidays!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spanish Fork, Utah.

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