Tips for a Happy and Healthier Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is America’s favorite Turkey Day filled with seasonal deliciousness and family gatherings. It’s time to whip out your legendary pumpkin pie recipe, make your unforgettable cranberry sauce and find your stretchy holiday pants. In order to avoid that last part but still enjoy the feast, we have some ideas.

We want you to be able to go into this holiday season with a little more confidence so that not all of your new years resolutions are focused around “losing the holiday weight.” We have put together some helpful tips that will make your Thanksgiving Day more enjoyable and healthier!

1. EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST

A common mistake is starving yourself before the Thanksgiving feast in order to save your calories or save your appetite. But this does the opposite. You’ll tend to over eat when you’re starving and once you finish devouring too much, you’re left feeling sick and unable to enjoy the rest of the evening. Try getting in a yummy egg scramble or some veggies, nuts and fruit before you head over to eat. Starting out satisfied is your best bet.

2. START ACTIVE

Before heading over to your Thanksgiving feast, sneak in a brisk walk, run or even a Turkey Bowl game to create a calorie deficit. This is something that you can do with your family. Make it a new tradition to go on a neighborhood walk after dinner too.

3. HYDRATE

Instead of drinking your calories, stick to water and save the calories for your favorite holiday treats. A quick calorie killer is alcohol so try sipping water all day to keep you full and satisfied and this will also keep your energy level up for all the socializing.

4. SCAN AND BE PICKY

Thanksgiving dinner is known for its turkey, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. We don’t want you to miss out on your favorite plates, so scan the table before you pile up your plate and pick the foods that only come around once a year. Avoid the things you can eat any other day and pick your favorites. This will leave you satisfied and not overstuffed.

We hope these tips can help you enjoy your day and even stay healthier this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at ICON Medical Network!