Afraid you are going to end up more stuffed than the turkey this Thanksgiving? Here are a few simple tips to have a happier, healthier, holiday. The following tips are from Libby Parker, Registered Dietitian, NASM certified personal trainer, and owner of “Libby’s Fit Nutrition,” where she does nutritional counseling and personal training at her client’s home or office, in and around San Luis Obispo, CA.
- Check out if your city has a “turkey-trot,” typically a 5K run on Thanksgiving for a little pre-meal workout. Don’t worry if you are not a runner, you can always power walk it.
- If you are making the meal, choose healthier options such as less butter in the foods, raw crudités with dip, fresh cranberries instead of canned, and fruit or salad sides.
- If you are not making the whole meal, offer to bring a healthy side. How about a vegetable tray, homemade stuffing (you know what you put in it – make it healthier), corn without gobs of butter, lightened-up pumpkin pie…be creative!
- Get your family out moving with you. Go for a walk after the big meal to get it digesting, play football or catch together, play charades, take the dog for a walk, or anything else active that you all like to do.
- When getting food buffet-style: only have 3 things on your plate at a time. You can always go back again, but if it’s not on your plate, you might re-think needing to eat it.
- Drink water. Enough said.
- Know that it was one day, one huge meal (averaging 3,000 calories!), and do better tomorrow.
- Keep up activity through the whole holiday season. You can always take a few minutes to do body-weight resistance exercises (plank, push-ups, etc.) and pack your walking shoes when traveling.
- Spend time being thankful for all that you have, and toast your health and wellbeing.
Libby Parker, RD, CPT