Healthy Hacks for Thanksgiving Survival
Behold, the season of good food is upon us. Many of us identify food as the biggest holiday health struggle. Do you feel like you undo all of your healthy progress during the holiday only to start over in the new year? Many of us stay on that cycle for our whole lives. Sound familiar? This year can be different. Instead of surrendering to the holidays and starting again in January, harmonize your efforts of staying on track while still enjoying those tasty holiday dishes. Try these healthy hacks for your holidays:
Walk it off. Instead of lounging before the big meal arrives on the table, go for a walk. Walking will set the tone for your day and the fresh air will be feel energizing. Then, make it a family affair by taking a long stroll after the big meal for good quality time together. Walking will aid in food digestion, too.
Eat breakfast. Skipping breakfast in favor of eating more dinner is not a good choice. By the time you sit down to dinner, you’ll be so hungry you’ll probably overeat. Enjoying a healthy breakfast will keep your blood sugar balanced so you won’t become too hungry.
Lookout for the pitfalls of gravy. Do you look forward to gravy on this special occasion? Take note of portion size. A large ladle of gravy can add an extra 800 calories! Instead, grab a tablespoon and drizzle your gravy onto your plate. By using this hack, you’ll still get to enjoy everything else and your tasty gravy too – guilt free.
Bring a healthy side dish. There are many tasty side dish options that everyone will love. Make a salad with homemade dressing, or bake sweet potatoes and dress them with sprinkles of cinnamon. Very simple, yet loved by all. Search for healthy Thanksgiving side items on Pinterest. You won’t be disappointed!
Savor the desserts. Remember that the holidays are not a free license to eat everything on the dessert table. However, if Auntie makes the best pumpkin pie, certainly save room for a modest indulgence. Do you want to try everything? Take bite-sized samples of each, then sit down and truly savor them. Don't overdo it, but enjoy those desserts that are only available a few days each year.
Perfect your portions. Load your plate with veggies first, then choose other yummies. When you make the majority of your plate veggies, you’ll feel fuller without feeling overstuffed.
Thanksgiving should be a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Having a few boundaries to follow will go a long way in maintaining your healthy lifestyle. Need accountability for the holidays? Sign up for my Fit + Healthy Holiday Challenge HERE.
Sara Wolfsen is a Certified Health & Lifestyle Coach who specializes in helping people make their own healthy changes by providing private health and lifestyle coaching, nutrition education and wellness classes with guidance and gentle support for lasting weight loss and building healthier habits. Learn more online at www.sarawolfsen.com.