Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and appreciating all that we have in our lives. It is also a day centered on parades, family, football, and food. Many of us find ourselves eating a few too many helpings of sweet potato casserole and hitting the couch for a nap. If that sounds like you, and your Thanksgiving routine leaves you feeling tired and groggy, we suggest making a few small changes to your routine for a healthier holiday.
Don't Skip Breakfast to Save Room for Dinner: Studies have shown that breakfast is still the most important meal of the day. Bur when you've got a big dinner planned, it might seem silly to eat a large breakfast. Making health conscious breakfast choices will actually help you keep the portions smaller on your dinner plate. It doesn't have to be a large breakfast, but something like a veggie omelet or fruit with Greek yogurt will get your day started off right.
Avoid the Table-to-Couch Move: Rather than shuffle from the dinner table straight to the couch, set yourself up to feel good and go for a walk after dinner. Bring your family members along, even if it is for just 10 minutes to help boost your energy.
Healthy Alternatives: Many of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes are not the healthiest. There are a few substitutions you can make for a healthier plate. Instead of mashed potatoes, give mashed cauliflower a try. Or, by making your dishes from scratch and using fresh fruits and vegetables, you will eliminate the need for processed goods.
By following these suggestions, you will be feeling thankful long after Thanksgiving!