All of us at Chefs For Seniors wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving! While almost no one is going to be eating like Euell Gibbons on Turkey Day, here are 7 tips for making your holiday a little healthier.
1. Eat breakfast
Saving your appetite for the big meal isn’t healthy, because eating one large meal in a day slows down your metabolism and makes digestion difficult. Plus, you’ll probably end up overindulging on unhealthy Thanksgiving food. Try eating a small, light breakfast like whole-wheat toast and a banana.
2. Try a morning workout
If you’re a runner or enjoy longer walks, almost every community has a “Turkey Trot” run/walk the morning of Thanksgiving. If running isn’t your thing, a 15-30 minute workout at home or a quick trip to the gym (you’d be surprised at how many gyms are open the morning of Thanksgiving) will do. Burning those extra calories means you can eat more of your Thanksgiving favorites, plus a morning workout will kick start your metabolism.
3. Bring a healthy dish
One way to ensure there’s at least one healthy option on the Thanksgiving table is to bring your own healthy side dish. Some examples include mashed sweet potatoes, homemade applesauce, a mixed green salad, or roasted brussel sprouts with balsamic vinegar glaze.
4. Consider your dietary concerns
A lot of people will say they’re on a diet…except for holidays. While it’s more than okay to “cheat” if you’re following a diet for general wellness or weight loss, if you have food allergies or your doctor has prescribed a certain diet it’s crucial to stick to your plan and avoid trigger foods. If you don’t, you could risk for an allergic reaction or other illness.
5. Divide your plate well
The more colorful your plate is, the healthier it is! Try to fill 1/2 your plate with vegetables (mashed potatoes don’t count), 1/4 with turkey or ham, and 1/4 starches like potatoes, stuffing, or rolls.
6. Try a smaller plate
Research has shown that the larger the plate, the more we eat. To combat this, try using a smaller plate for your Thanksgiving feast – you can always go back for seconds.
7. Slow down
Eating too fast can cause digestion issues and discomfort, so make sure to put the fork down periodically and savor each bite. Plus, if you eat too fast your body has a hard time knowing when it’s full so you tend to overeat.