Bust out the turkeys! It’s time for Thanksgiving. However, there’s no need to worry about becoming gluttonous. Just follow our healthy Thanksgiving tips.
Healthy Thanksgiving Tip #1: Take Control
If you want to make sure your family is eating better this year, offer to cook. If you’re uncomfortable taking the reins completely, offer to bring several dishes. You can offer to provide specialty sides (gluten-free, vegetarian, low fat, etc.) or even some healthier dessert options.
Healthy Thanksgiving Tip #2: Get Moving
Movement burns calories. Thanksgiving = LOTS of calories. Therefore, plan ahead and schedule your workouts. Be sure to schedule a solid workout the day before and definitely the morning after Thanksgiving. You can also opt to take a long walk after the meal to burn off a few more calories.
Additionally, Midland County Greater Works hosts the Turkey Trot, a benefit 5k and 10k runs on Thanksgiving morning. The proceeds go to help feed low-income elderly and disabled citizens in our area.
Healthy Thanksgiving Tip #3: Enjoy In Moderation
Last year, we shared some of our favorite tips for eating healthier on Turkey Day. Just remember that it’s completely okay to splurge a bit (unless your healthcare professional says otherwise). However, it’s important to remember that on average, a Thanksgiving holiday meal calorie intake ranges from 3,000-4,500 calories!
In order to keep that calorie fest under control, try these suggestions:
- Offer broth-based soup or lightly dressed salad as an appetizer instead of chips and dip.
- Skip the processing and try to choose fresh, whole foods. Make your own salad dressing, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole as an opportunity to cut back on calories, sodium, and grams of fat.”
- Substitute where you can. Instead of full-fat dairy products, opt for low- or nonfat varieties. Use plain Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise or sour cream. Reach for applesauce instead of oil when baking.
Healthy Thanksgiving Tip #4: Eat Breakfast
A healthy, filling breakfast will keep you from gorging on the Thanksgiving meal. Many people often skip breakfast altogether. They may be too busy cooking the meal or think skipping out will help to “save room” for the main event. However, this is a recipe for disaster. If you show up to the meal hungry, you’re more likely to overeat. This includes pre-meal snacking.
Healthy Thanksgiving Tip #5: Be A Social Butterfly
If you’re anxious about overeating, choose to make the meal about friends and family instead of the food. Spend time chatting and chuckling, instead of focusing on eating.
Healthy Thanksgiving Tip #6: Allow Yourself Some Freedom
If you love Grandma’s homemade yeast rolls, don’t avoid them (as this also hurts Grandma’s feelings). Offer to split it with someone. You’re still able to enjoy it without going overboard. If you’re a pie aficionado and can’t choose between varieties, don’t worry about it! Take a smaller slice of each so you get a little bite. You’ll satisfy your craving without going into a food coma.
The team at Medical Center Pharmacy wishes you the happiest, healthiest Thanksgiving yet!