How to Avoid Being the Stuffed Turkey This Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving only comes once a year. A time to spend with family and friends and give thanks for all the blessings we have in our lives. It also gives us a green light to grubbing out! Packing on the pounds during the holidays is no new tradition. Many nutritionists suggest maintaining your weight as opposed to moving your belt notch out another hole. Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday festivities. It is a good time to start making sensible choices to keep your weight in check and keep the extra pounds off.
Here are 6 tips to tame your tummy from busting a buckle.
- Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Have a late breakfast the morning of the big dinner. Many of us will hold off on eating until dinner. Eating a sensible breakfast will stave off those growling stomachs come dinner time and keep you from gorging. A couple of eggs with some wheat toast, oatmeal with blueberries, or a bowl of grain cereal with almond milk are great options to hold you over.
- Be sure to Exercise.
Exercise in the morning on the big day. Go for a bike ride or a brisk walk. Burn as many calories early to offset the caloric intake at dinner time. You may even suggest a group walk around the neighborhood after the big feast.
- Drink lots of water.
Drink a lot of water throughout the day. Drinking water during the day will keep you fuller than an empty stomach. It will also help with the digestive process. Try to avoid drinking too much alcohol. If you must indulge in the spirits, try using light mixers such as club soda or a wine spritzer.
- Bring a healthy dish.
Instead of bringing a dish loaded with starchy carbs and heavy sauces, bring something like a bean salad, a leafy salad, or grilled veggies with almonds. This will give others an alternative to all the heavy foods.
- Eat your veggies.
Load up on the veggies first. Then add smaller portions of meats and carbs to your plate. Try to get everything on your first plate and avoid going back for seconds and thirds. Skip the heavy creams, sauces, and gravies. No whip cream on your dessert pie!
- Offer to play a game.
Offer to play a game that everyone can participate in and enjoy during the meal. This will slow down the intake of food by breaking the silence of the endless gorging. It will also stifle your relatives who only want to talk politics!
The holidays are a wonderful time of year. It doesn’t mean you have to throw all caution to the wind. Usually I'm discussing trying not to over-indulge with food and drinks. This year please use caution when gathering with your loved ones, wear mask when indoor and social distance while eating unmasked to protect your loved ones. I have attached my Holiday Helper: supplement recommendation to reduce the impact of over-indulging this Thanksgiving.
Holiday Helper- helps support your digestive system and improves your body’s ability to remove toxins and waste more efficiently.
(For best results begin a day before your heavy eating day)
Body Purifier: Reduces Toxins
(1 capsule before breakfast, 1 capsule before lunch, 1 capsule before dinner)
Intestinal Cleanser: Cleans Colon
Suggested use (2-3 capsules in morning, 2-3 capsules before 5pm or 6 hours before bed)
Fiber:Scrub intestinal walls and waste buildup
Suggested use (6 capsules in morning, 6 capsules before 5pm or 6 hours before bed drink at least 16oz of water)
Digestion Enzymes:Help your body break down food and extracts the nutrients
Suggested use (2 capsules in morning before eating, 2 capsules before lunch, and 2 capsules before dinner)
Making healthy decisions should be a part of your overall holiday plans. Incorporating a healthy plan for your holidays can be fun and exciting, which will provide for a conscientious start in the new year!
Dr. Fitness (904) 236-5858 (text)