6 tips for a healthy holiday

Let’s face it: no matter how many good decisions we make on Thanksgiving, we are going to eat more than we normally do.

And guess what?  That’s ok!  One day is not going to ruin anything!

But you can reduce the damage Thanksgiving does and still enjoy your holiday with these simple tips!

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  • Make sure 80% of your food decisions are healthy!  Vegetables, fruits, lean meats and whole grains should be the basis of your diet for the day.
  • That leaves 20% of your food decisions for special treats.  Whether it’s a pastry for breakfast or a piece of pie after dinner, enjoy!
  • Monitor portion sizes.  Whether the decision is healthy or not, avoid overeating by making sure you are plating appropriate portion sizes.  This will not only help your waistline, but help you avoid that uncomfortable post-Thanksgiving bloat.
  • Avoid eating while cooking.  Almost half of our calories consumed during Thanksgiving come from 2 sources: alcohol and tasting before dinner.  Limit your alcohol intake and do not taste before or after dinner.
  • Be active.  Take the time in the morning for a workout.  Whether you do a DVD at home or go out for a walk or run, make sure you take some “me time” to start your day out.  It will help relieve the stress of the upcoming festivities as well!
  • Get your family active.  Instead sitting on the couch and  watching football, go outside and play a family game of touch football.  Take a pre and/or post-dinner walk around the neighborhood.  If the weather is not conducive for outdoor activity, challenge your family to a Wii battle, charades or go to a pre-Black Friday sale and just walk around!

And remember to take care of yourself!  Take breaks, have fun and enjoy the company of your friends and family.

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