Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to be thankful for all the good things in life, including friends, family and (of course) food. There’s nothing wrong with partaking in a few holiday indulgences, but don’t let extra helpings of stuffing and pumpkin pie derail your usual healthy eating habits.
Here are a few healthy holiday tips to keep you on track this Thanksgiving:
Stay on your feet during the celebration. Whether you’re chatting with guests, prepping food, cleaning up or taking a post-meal walk, staying active will keep your metabolism moving and reduce the amount of time you spend at your plate. Plus, if you get up and walk around regularly, you’ll give your stomach time to process whether or not you’re full.
Eat a healthy breakfast. While you may be tempted to skip breakfast and save your calories for the big feast, eating a healthy breakfast actually gives you more control over your appetite and makes it less likely that you’ll overeat.
Cook lighter. Typical Thanksgiving recipes often call for more sugar and fat than necessary. Cook your favorite foods and compromise by cutting back on oil, butter and sugar wherever you can.
Stick to portions. Decide which holiday foods make your must-eat list, and then stick to reasonable portions. Tip: Take a pass on foods you can enjoy all year long!
Stay hydrated. If you'll be consuming alcohol, make sure to have a glass of water between drinks. That way you’ll stay hydrated and avoid loading up on liquid calories.
Try something new. Roasted turkey with low-fat gravy and an apple salad with figs and almonds are just a few Thanksgiving dishes that deliver on both taste and nutrition. Try some new healthier dishes this year—you may be surprised at how much you like them.
To learn more about maintaining a healthy diet during the holidays and year-round, consult a registered dietician at Goshen Health. Here's to a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!