Happy Thanksgiving from the physicians and staff at Resurgens Orthopaedics! The holiday season is supposed to be a joyous time, but for those of us trying to stick to a healthy diet, it can be anything but. If you’re trying to remain health-conscious this Thanksgiving, here are a few tips that may help you savor your holiday meal without the guilt that comes from overindulging:
Take Smaller Portions of Less Healthy Foods
Nobody wants to miss out on their Thanksgiving favorites like stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin pie. If you’re craving these foods, try taking a smaller portion of them and load up on healthier choices like vegetables and white meat turkey.
Don’t Go Back for Seconds
We all have a tendency to overeat when there’s so much delicious food around. If you’re counting calories, you can still have a satisfying meal with just one plate of food. Instead of going back for seconds, try giving yourself some time to digest your first serving.
Get Some Exercise
If you have trouble controlling your portions, you can make up for it by getting some exercise. During dinner, you could suggest taking a nice family walk after you’re done. That way, you can eat that piece of pumpkin pie without feeling guilty.
Go Easy on Alcoholic Beverages
Many families serve alcohol during Thanksgiving, and if you choose to indulge, try limiting yourself to two drinks or less. Alcoholic beverages are a major source of empty calories, so cutting them out will help you get through Thanksgiving without gaining too many pounds.
Healthy eating is one of the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle. During the holiday season, it can be difficult to stick to a diet, but all it takes is a little planning and a lot of willpower. We hope these tips help you to make healthy eating choices this Thanksgiving. And if you experience a sprain, strain or break during the holiday weekend, our physicians are here to help! Call or schedule an appointment online. Happy Thanksgiving!!