After Halloween we usually begin the craziness of holiday parties, lots of sugar and rich foods that leave us with tight (too tight) pants in January. This year I dare you to dream of another option for yourself – a healthy, robust and still intensely enjoyable holiday season.
So, what does it take to have a healthy Thanksgiving? I will share my tips and resources for making it happen below.
- Get some exercise in: many gyms as well as personal trainers do an early morning class to help you to get some calories torched before the eating begins. You could also do a 5K in the morning. You don’t have to run if you don’t want to. Getting the family out of the house for some bonding time early in the morning can be a wonderful tradition that you can continue for years to come. Many cities host them and offer the proceeds to needy families in your area. Join me in Chatham on Thursday by registering for the Turkey Trot here.
- Clean up your favorite recipes: They don’t have to be bad for you to taste good. Upgrading old favorites can result in much higher nutrient contents with much lower calories – the perfect recipe for a healthy holiday season. If you’re looking for some inspiration check out this recipe from Clean Eating Magazine for homemade cranberry sauce and this delicious stuffing.
- Make it a family affair: It will be much more difficult to make healthy recipes or walk after dinner for example if your family is not on board. Usually the younger children are the easiest to convince, start there and hope that the rest join in.
- Get a short walk in after dinner: Usually we sit down and watch football, but although the Patriots are playing this year, they only start at 8:20pm! Plenty of time to get out and about for a short walk before falling over on the sofa. You will sleep better if you do!
- Save the Turkey Sandwich for Friday: Are you really hungry after all that food? Or do you just want to eat that sandwich because you’re watching TV? Being in touch with how hungry you are (or are not) could be a key success factor in living a healthy, vibrant life!
I hope that these tips help you to have the healthiest Thanksgiving ever this year.