7 Essential Thanksgiving Day Tips

by Kristin Hedstrom

 

  1. MOVE FIRST.

Work out in the morning, before the day gets started. Because if there were ever a day when it’d be a great idea to work out, Thanksgiving would be it. A Turkey Trot with the fam is always a good idea, or else just get out the door for a jog/fast walk. Shoot for at least 30 minutes of moving time.

  1. BUFFER.

If you know you’ll eat some unhealthy things on Thanksgiving Day, shoot to make a giant salad for dinner on Wednesday and stick to only drinking water for the first half of the week. Give your body all the nutrients it needs to ward off the inflammation and nutrient deficit it goes through on T-Day.

  1. DRINK WATER.

Aim for at least half your body weight in ounces on Thanksgiving. Remember, water helps flush out toxins, boosts your immune system, reduces bloating, and helps you feel fresher.

  1. MAKE A PLAN.

Think through the meal ahead of time. How many servings will you have? Do you want to eat until you’re pleasantly full or fully stuffed? What’s an appropriate volume of food? Don’t succumb to the peer pressure of family members offering you food you don’t want/need. Just politely decline it.

  1. STAY PRESENT.

Instead of mindlessly eating amidst the distraction of people, make sure you’re thinking about what you’re eating, how full you are, and how much water you’ve had to drink. Logging your food is a great strategy to stay aware.

  1. LOAD UP ON THE VEGGIES…

…and go easy on the meat, sauces, rolls, and dessert.

  1. SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY.

Remember that Thanksgiving is really all about spending time together, not eating until you feel ill. Enjoy the people you’re surrounded by.