Fit healthy Tips
Here's some serious food for thought: People probably consume 3, 000 to 5, 000 calories around the Thanksgiving table. Yikes. While eating often takes center stage during the holidays, that doesn't we have to give up on good health. Check out these tips for a fit and healthy holiday, without sacrificing any flavor or fun.
1. Get outside.
Up early? Go for a walk or run to enjoy some pre-festivities alone time, or grab your favorite second cousin to catch up. For something a bit more competitive, round up a group of family or friends and hit the backyard or local park for some flag football.
3. Split up the chores.
Everyday activities (like tidying up the family room) can burn more calories than you’d think. So offer to do the dishes or swiffer the floor—not only does it lend a hand, it gets you moving too!
4. Bust a move.
Nothing says family bonding more than a dance party. Gather a group, turn up the tunes, and get the blood flowing. It may help you digest all that stuffing too.
Before heading to the kitchen, keep these healthy tips in mind to enjoy the festive food without going overboard.
8. Go easy on the apps.
Cheese and crackers can happen any day of the year. Save your appetite (and calorie consumption!) for dinnertime.
11. Chew slowly.
How quickly we eat really does matter, research shows. In one study, fast eaters consumed around three ounces of food per minute, while slowpokes only ate about two ounces. Chewing slowly could mean less calories consumed, so take a chill pill when digging into the dinner plate.
12. Beware of dangerfoods.
Be careful with foods that aren’t as healthy as they seem. (Green bean casserole, anyone?) Gratins, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce may hide some sneaky ingredients high in fat and sugar.
14. Skip the seconds.
Wait 20 minutes (the amount of time it probably takes to feel full) before filling up the dinner plate again. Unless you’re really hungry, save some food for leftovers—the best part about Thanksgiving, right?
16. Inhale, exhale.
Stressed because you’re trying to clean up the living room and prep the turkey while entertaining seven cousins and skyping with Uncle Mike? Take six to 10 deep breaths or try these quick, breathing exercises to relax.
17. Write it down.
If choosing to count calories over the holidays, track your food in a journal so you know how much you’re consuming. (Wait, I did have a hearty breakfast!) This will keep you in control of what and how much you’re actually eating.
Whether enduring too much family time or unable to resist eating a whole pumpkin pie (we get it), meditation can help lower stress levels. All you need is a few minutes and a quiet corner. (Need some guidance? Check out this video on how to meditate while your mind is racing.)
20. Give yourself some wiggle-room.
At the end of the day, Thanksgiving should be enjoyed with loved ones. Don't stress about enjoying some good food with even better company!READ THIS NEXT: