5 Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is around the corner and for many this time of year is an opportunity to enjoy tasty food with friends and family.

For others, this time of the year can be difficult to stay focused on their goals and a time full of guilt and anxiety.

It doesn’t have to be like that!

Here are 5 tips to help you enjoy your Thanksgiving while staying on track!

1) Eat Breakfast Image result for breakfast

“I’m not going to eat for two whole days!” We all know that person who says this as Thanksgiving approaches. However, it’s best if you do in fact eat breakfast and maintain a regular diet in order to prevent any cravings due to neglecting your body of food. In addition, it’s easy to convince yourself to eat large helpings of food because you haven’t eaten all day, which leads to you taking in quite the surplus of calories.

2) Bring a dish Image result for cooking

Don’t be afraid to take matters in your own hands! If you’re not hosting Thanksgiving, call the host and ask if it’s OK to bring a dish. This allows you to plan ahead and cook a healthy dish you can enjoy without being too hard on yourself.

3) Portion Control Image result for portion control thanksgiving

Eat slowly, enjoy your food and experience, and try to limit certain foods. Do NOT feel guilty if you find yourself wanting a treat or two, you’re human! Simply, understand you will eat certain foods and that’s OK, however try your best to limit those foods to small servings. Load up your plate with mostly veggies and lean meats, but make sure you leave a small space for some of your favorite dishes, no need to restrict yourself! Have fun and enjoy!

4) Exercise Image result for exercise

Go for a walk, hit the gym, exercise at home, run a turkey trot, JUST MOVE! Start your day strong and keep the momentum throughout the day. Fueling your day with exercise and healthy decisions will inspire you to continue making healthy decisions throughout the day.

5) Perspective! Image result for consistency

Thanksgiving is once a year, what really matters is what you do the other 364 days of the year. Understand Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate friends, family, and memories and it’s not going to ruin your momentum or goals if you enjoy one too many cookies or an extra serving of food. Don’t let one day turn into three days, three weeks, or three months. Enjoy Thanksgiving and then continue along your journey the very next day doing what you can to learn, grow, and become a better version of yourself in order to meet your long term goals.

The ultimate goal is to be healthy so that you’re around to celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends and family 20, 30, 40, 50 years from now. That means being consistent year-round, not simply one day of the year!

Stay consistent, work hard, and continue to show up!

If you need advice or guidance, reach out to our professionals and see how we can help you!