7 TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY THIS THANKSGIVING
Thanksgiving is supposed to be all about expressing gratitude. However, for many of us, Thanksgiving has become a day centered around stuffing our faces and then wallowing in the guilt of overeating and blown diets. That's why we're offering these 7 tips to stay healthy this Thanksgiving.
1) Throw the guilt out the window.
It's not helping anyone, and it's making you feel like crap, which is exactly why you should just let it go. You work hard, and this is a celebration! You deserve to indulge, so don't be afraid to grab that slice of pie you've been internally debating about.
2) Moderation is your strongest play.
You know that saying about your eyes being bigger than your stomach? That's what we're talking about. You're less likely to overeat if you don't over serve yourself. Grabbing one roll of bread to start with instead of two can make a huge difference. It's the small things.
3) Eat slowly. Take time to chew.
This will give your body time to warn you when you're full. Plus, it's easier to really savor Mom's mashed potatoes when you aren't wolfing them down like a Dyson vacuum cleaner. (No shame. We've been there too.)
4) Wait 20 minutes before going back for seconds.
Before swooping in for round two, we've found it's best to wait 15 minutes for your body to catch up with you and let you know whether or not you even need a round two. This is a great time to socialize.
5) Have dessert; you deserve it.
Treat yourself! It's a holiday, after all - not that you ever really need an excuse to indulge a little. Just remember, now is the time to celebrate, express gratitude, and indulge in something as sweet as you are.
6) Take a walk!
Food coma is a staple of most Thanksgiving celebrations. Whether it's due to the Tryptophan or good old overeating, most of us are left feeling a little sleepy after dinner. Consider replacing the customary nap with a walk around the block. It'll get your metabolism going, boost your energy, and it's a great opportunity to hang out with you friends and family (or escape them, depending on your situation).
7) Help the host clean the kitchen.
Not only does movement around the kitchen have all the same benefits as tip #6, it's also a really nice thing to do. Your host has probably been working hard in that kitchen all day to provide everyone with a delicious meal. This is their holiday too, and they deserve a little rest and relaxation. With a little teamwork, the kitchen will be sparkly clean in no time.
The main tip we would like you to take away from this post is to let your hair down and relax, rather than obsessing over eating healthy this holiday. Don't be afraid to indulge and treat yourself, because you deserve a break. Happy Thanksgiving!