46 million turkeys are eaten by Americans on Thanksgiving Day every year. And with those turkeys come mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, and dozens of other delicious foods.
But there’s one thing these foods all have in common (besides how delicious they are): they’re pretty unhealthy.
This can mean trouble for people who have spent the past few months working hard to achieve a healthy lifestyle. You don’t want it to all come crumbling down after Thanksgiving break.
But it’s entirely possible to have a healthy Thanksgiving without giving up delicious foods. You just need to follow these top tips discussed below!
Bring a Dish
Thanksgiving is full of dishes packed with unhealthy carbs, sugars, and fats. Even small portions of the particularly unhealthy dishes can make for an unhealthy Thanksgiving.
Consider offering to bring your own healthy alternative dish to the meal to replace the unhealthy dishes. For example, instead of having mashed potatoes full of whole milk, sour cream, and butter, bring a nice cauliflower mashed potato dish. Trader Joe’s has loads of amazing cauliflower alternatives ranging from cauliflower mash to cauliflower rice or even gnocci!!
Everything in Moderation
Everyone has their weakness when it comes to Thanksgiving meals. It may be decadent desserts, alcoholic beverages, or mashed potatoes. Whatever your vice may be, know that it’s okay to indulge a little bit, as long as you don’t get carried away.
For example, try to limit how much alcohol you drink to one or two glasses. Or if you’re craving some pumpkin pie, ask for a sliver of a piece instead of indulging in a huge piece that way you still satisfy your craving but don’t over-do it.
Savor Every Bite
It’s easy to inhale your food at Thanksgiving dinner because it’s all so delicious. But the faster you eat, the less you’ll enjoy it, and you might end up eating a lot more than you need to.
This leads to that death-like feeling you have when you’ve eaten three plates of Thanksgiving food and your pants don’t fit anymore.
Instead of inhaling your food, practice mindful eating and take your time to savor each bite. Not only will you enjoy your food more, but you’ll eat a lot less.
When you’re on vacation, it’s common to neglect your daily workout regimen and routine. But falling out of a routine, even while on vacation, can carry over into your everyday life.
Try not to miss a beat and continue to stay active even while on vacation. If you need to take a day off for Thanksgiving, that’s okay! Just try to be active the day before and the day after so you can stay healthy. Whether you go for a nice walk with a family member or quickly hit the gym for thirty minutes while your grandparents are napping, a little bit of movement is better than none and will likely make you feel better!
Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is about being thankful for what you have, and one of the things you have is your health. So, show yourself how thankful you are by having a healthy Thanksgiving this year!
Check out our health blog for more tips on staying healthy and happy this Thanksgiving. And make sure you talk to your membership specialist about guest passes if the family is heading your way this year.