Healthy Holiday Traditions

We all have a lot to be thankful for and this is the one time of year when we reflect on all that we have and show our appreciation. Every family has their own traditions, whether it involves getting together with other family members, watching or playing a game of football, and of course the tradition of cooking a big Thanksgiving meal. If you are trying to be mindful of what you eat the start of the holiday season can easily throw you off. 

The typical Thanksgiving meal is packed with more than 3,000 calories. And that does not include all of the snacking you do throughout the rest of the day! You will likely start your day with breakfast, and then have at least one snack before the big meal. And if you are like me, the night is not complete without pulling out the leftovers and making a turkey sandwich.  

The good news is that you can have a Thanksgiving meal and still be healthy. Follow these tips to help you make wise choices throughout the day: 

  • If you’re cooking use substitutions to trim the fat; for instance, use chicken broth or skim milk instead of cream or butter in mashed potatoes.
  • Avoid portion distortion by eating off of a salad plate rather than a regular dinner plate.
  • Survey all of the available food before deciding what to put on your plate. This will help you avoid having to eat things you may decide you do not really want. 
  • Only go back for seconds if you are still hungry. You will likely have leftovers from the meal and can eat again later, or another day. 
  • Indulge where it does not count – feel free to eat as many vegetables as you would like!
  • Relax – stress can lead to overeating. Exercising early in the day can help with this.
  • Enjoy your company – remember that Thanksgiving is not ALL about the food. It’s about taking time to remember the things you are thankful for. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!



Source of Healthy Holiday Traditions by Rachel Lukasavige – author of Healthy Holiday Traditions article

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