This Thanksgiving, Thank Your Body
Thanksgiving and food go hand and hand. When most think about thanksgiving, the first thing to come to mind is the delicious giant turkey with all the trimmings and pie…lots of pie. It’s also a great time to reflect and think about the things you are most thankful for whether it be a personal achievement, family or friends. We often, however, forget to be thankful to our bodies. Here are a few helpful tips to keep you on track:
- Before you dash out to the grocery store to load up on everything needed for the big meal, take a moment to think about the ingredients you will use. Are there healthier choices you could make? Are there ways to reduce the amount of sodium you are adding into the food? Instead of purchasing a pre-made pumpkin pie full of additives, could you make one yourself with fresh pumpkin a day in advance? At least you would get more nutrition from the fresh pumpkin and you would avoiding the excess sodium found in processed foods. Are you going to prepare an appetizer? Sticking to fresh fruits and vegetables for your guests (and yourself) to munch on while you are putting the finishing touches on the turkey dinner is a healthier option.
- Don’t skip breakfast! Even though you are looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner, make sure you start your day off right with a healthy breakfast. Skipping the most important meal of the day will likely lead you to being overly hungry and overindulgent of the feast you’ve worked so hard to prepare.
- Add exercise into your traditions. Look up a local race in your town. It’s a great way to do something as a family while getting active and helps you to avoid the guilt of indulging in dessert. You could play a friendly game of soccer or football or go for a walk through the neighbourhood after your meal.
- Eat slowly. Remember it takes 20 minutes for your brain to realize you are full. Start with a small plate. The saying “your eyes are bigger than your stomach” does apply to Thanksgiving. You can always go back for seconds if you are still hungry. But again, if you take your time eating, you will likely feel full on less food than you think you actually need.
It is possible to keep your health reigned in during the holidays with these tips. Your body will thank you.