Make it a Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is the holiday for giving thanks for what we have, spending time with friends and family.  But it’s also the holiday often associated with excessive amounts of food!  Everyone knows that a Thanksgiving meal is often laden with sugary and carb-loaded goodies and many overindulge and consume more in this one meal than they normally do in a whole day.  But have you ever noticed how you feel after this extravagant meal?  Most feel groggy and tired and maybe so full you feel sick.  Making a few healthy changes to your Thanksgiving routine could mean you’ll feel better, be healthier and more Thankful in the end!  Here are some great Holiday Tips:

     Eat breakfast: Breakfast is often called the “most important meal of the day.”  This is especially true on Thanksgiving!  It may seem counterproductive to eat a hearty breakfast before a large Thanksgiving feast, but eating something in the morning can help you keep portions smaller at the big meal.  Breakfast will also keep you energized enough to get kitchen task done and entertain your guests. Try having some scrambled eggs, a small omelet with veggies, or fruit with keifer.  The protein will keep you full all morning and keep you from feeling ravenous once dinner is served.

     Avoid Grazing: It’s easy to graze during a holiday feast like Thanksgiving. The problem with grazing is two-fold. Because you are aimlessly reaching for appetizers and cookies, you have no real measure of the amount of food you are eating, which does not help your waistline.  Avoid sugar filled drinks like soda and juices.  Opt for water instead.  Make a veggie platter to satisfy you and your guests as appetizers, over the more fattening options of chips and crackers.  Prepare an inviting salad to enjoy before, or with, dinner.  The crunchy veggies will help satiate your hunger won’t add inches to your waistline.  Substitute potatoes with sweet potatoes instead and serve fiber-rich broccoli for Thanksgiving dinner. 

 

     Get off the couch: No you don’t have to work off every morsel you eat!  But keeping in mind that the typical Thanksgiving meal weighs in at about 3,000 calories you may want to incorporate some physical activity to your day to avoid weight gain.  Even just a short 10 minute walk before and after the meal not only wards of winter pounds but boosts your energy and confidence levels!

No matter what you choose to do, remember to give thanks for all the blessings we have and have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day!

 

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Dr_Matthew_Eisen“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary, Maximized Living Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 11 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at drmattcares@gmail.com

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