Nutritional counseling is an important part of any chiropractor's repertoire. To eat healthy is to live healthier. Living healthy means being mindful of what you eat. The amount and types of food you eat can dramatically affect your mood, energy, and physical state, both positively and negatively.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to fall prey to overindulgence. Yet, with a few chiropractor tips, you might come out ahead of the game and still have fun celebrating.
Go for the appetizer veggie platter
If appetizers are served, head for the fresh veggie platter. You can never eat too many carrot sticks or broccoli florets, but keep the dips and sauces to a minimum. If you spy a guilty-ridden appetizer that you just can not resist, allow yourself a sample, but do not overindulge in it.
Drink plenty of water. Water helps flush out toxins and helps provide you with proper hydration for the celebration ahead. Try sparkling water with a fresh strawberry in a champagne glass for a festive and healthy toast.
Proteins and greens are good for the plate
Do not skip your dinner salad. Salads are obviously full of green leafy vegetables, which are chock-full of essential vitamins and minerals. And when the main course is served, be sure to add ample protein and any other green vegetable dishes to your plate. The more proteins and greens on your plate, the less space you'll have to add heavy starches.
Watch the starches
Potatoes, stuffing, and exports are often abundant at Thanksgiving dinners. These are all heavy carbohydrates, which can leave you feeling dull, bloated, and lethargic. Sure, eat your starches but pick and choose and then limit what you put on your plate. Avoid extra servings of bread, potatoes and gravy, and stuffing. Extra servings of vegetables are a better option.
Give yourself time to savor and enjoy every bite on your plate. Eating slowly also has the advantage of giving your stomach time to fill, limiting overeating. Eating too quickly can cause you to eat more than you need and often leads to that feeling of over-fullness and bloating.
Pick your pleasure
It's okay to have dessert but make it fun and reward yourself. If multiple sugary trees are available, scan the smorgasbord to see what tantalizes you the most. Do not settle for the pumpkin pie or carrot cake just because you think it is healthy. If you really want that piece of Aunt Mary's double chocolate fudge brownie with ice cream, go for it. Allow yourself the reward of that special treat. It will taste sweeter and more magnificent if it is a special treat. It is better to go directly for the treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth than to settle for that carrot cake that does not and sends you back to Aunt Mary's fudge brownie after all.
Overindulge, but in the right way
Overindulge with kindness and thanks. Let your hosts and family know how much you appreciate them. Give thanks generously. Be kind. Be healthy. Stay well adjusted.