Thanksgiving is just around the corner and you are probably looking forward to spending time with family and enjoying some great food. At the same time, you might be dreading the extra couple of pounds that come with the big turkey dinner. If so, here are some tips to keep you healthy so that when you return to work you can tell your coworkers you didn’t gain a pound!
- Fill half of your thanksgiving plate with vegetables and/or fruit: Did you know that 50% of your plate should always contain vegetables or fruit? The other half should be subdivided into halves as well with 25% meat or alternatives and the other 25% with grain or bread products. To learn more about portions check out the Mayo Clinic’s portion control tips.
- Get outside with your family and/or guests: Make a point of going for a brisk walk after your dinner to boost your metabolism and burn off a couple of calories.
- Drink lots of water: The more you drink the fuller you will feel leaving less room for unhealthy options.
- Limit intake of alcoholic beverages: Most alcoholic beverages contain between 75 and 300 kcal. If there is egg nog in there it will be closer to 500 kcal per drink. These beverages will also inhibit your ability to make healthier food choices at the dinner table so stick to one or two drinks if you can!
Thanksgiving is a great time to enjoy time with family and friends. It is also a time to give thanks for all that we have, including our health. So, this thanksgiving, make the choice to do something good for your health and get some exercise and make healthy food choices. By the time Tuesday rolls around you will feel much better about yourself and be energized for work.