Despite the ever-present temptation to overindulge, Thanksgiving is also rich with opportunities for healthy living. Following these tips will help you stay active and eat right on turkey day and the rest of the holiday season.
Join a turkey trot – Across the country, annual turkey trots have become a Thanksgiving Day tradition that brings the whole family together for active fun. These races are typically 2 to 10 km long and open for running, jogging, or walking so you can participate no matter what your fitness level.
Throw a dance party – Few things bring people together like music and dance. For a little family bonding after dinner, clear a room, turn on some fast-paced music, and boogie down. You’ll burn off extra calories and make great memories, too.
Sign up for winter conditioning classes – Many fitness centers offer classes designed to help athletes and health buffs stay in shape over the winter. They combine cycling, running, and strength training to help you keep your healthy living plans on track without getting bored.
Pace yourself – Skipping meals to save up your appetite later almost guarantees you’ll binge on low-nutrient carbs come dinner time. To control your cravings, eat a healthy breakfast and a lunch with lean protein and plenty of water. After dinner, wait 20 minutes before grabbing seconds. That gives your body time to signal to your brain that you’re full.
Be selective – Skip the boring appetizers and kick off your meal with a veggie-filled salad. Before you take a big helping of any dish, consider whether it’s really as healthy as it seems. Green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and cornbread are often loaded with fat and sugar.
Satisfy your cravings – With roast turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving dinner offers a bounty of foods we don’t get every day. Enjoy the season by sampling a little of everything, but keep your portions small.
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