Top Tips to Ensure a Joyful and Healthy Thanksgiving

Published on November 22, 2017
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This time of year should be filled with family, friends, and joy as you celebrate coming together and appreciating the things that you are thankful for. In many cases, however, this is a time filled with stress as planning celebrations and and eating a lot of food can leave you feeling unhappy and unhealthy.

It’s important for you to feel your absolute best throughout the holiday season and in order to do that, you will need to follow some important tips. With our help, this Thanksgiving can your best one yet.

Limit Your Portion Sizes

One of the biggest mistakes many people make during Thanksgiving is overeating. Eating too much food at once can result in a sluggish feeling and leave you looking bloated. Not only that, but eating too much can lead to weight gain and excess fat that can be hard to get rid of in the long run.

Limiting your portion sizes is essential if you want to stay fit and healthy throughout the holiday season. In many cases, taking the time to eat slow will result in eating less as you give your body the time it needs to process how much food you actually ate.

Don’t Let Stress Take Over Your Life

We understand that this can be a stressful time of year for many of you, but it is important for you to keep it at bay. Stress can drastically affect your health and even your overall appearance. If you want to keep yourself from going nuts when planning your Thanksgiving celebration, remember to follow these stress reducing practices:

Don’t forget to do your daily workout: It’s easy to forget your daily workout when you’re planning out all the meals that you have to make. Planning out a Thanksgiving feast is very demanding and often times requires extreme levels of patience. However, your day will be much smoother if you start it off with a quick workout. Exercising can help reduce stress and give you a boost of energy like nothing else.

Plan ahead: One of the most stressful things you can do to yourself before Thanksgiving is failing to plan ahead of time. Last minute meal preparations can make things difficult when the family starts arriving to your house hungry. Planning ahead will help ensure that you acquire all the supplies you need to satisfy everyone in the family.

Have Healthy Options Available

While Thanksgiving is often known for savory foods such as macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, and more casseroles than you can count, there’s always room for healthy options at the dinner table. Having a fresh salad, vegetables, and fruits can help limit the amount of fattening foods you and everyone else eats, but still keep you full and feeling good.

Thanksgiving is a time to be happy and give thanks, and shouldn’t be filled with stress and poor health. These tips will help you have a happier and healthier Thanksgiving that all will surely enjoy. If you’re interested in learning more tips that will help you look and feel your best, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Beverly Friedlander.

Beverly Friedlander MD