Thanksgiving is a holiday where many of us finally take the time to reflect and give thanks for what we have in our lives. But it is also a time that is centered all around food. Many of us help ourselves to that extra portion of mashed potatoes and gravy and take a nap after overindulging. If that sounds like you, and you are left feeling groggy and tired, you may want to change your Thanksgiving routine with some of our suggestions.
Don't Skip Meals to Save Room for Dinner: Studies show that breakfast is still the most important meal of the day...even when you are planning on enjoying a huge Thanksgiving dinner! Though it might seem silly to eat a large breakfast when you know you have a big dinner ahead of you, eating a healthy and hearty breakfast in the morning will actually help keep your portions smaller on your dinner plate. Try a small veggie omelet or Greek yogurt and fruit.
Don't go from the dinner table to the couch: We know that eating turkey is proven to leave us feeling sleepy, so don't make it harder to stay awake by going straight from the table to the couch. Start a new family tradition and go on a walk after dinner to boost your energy, even if it is for only 10 minutes.
Substitute Healthy Alternatives: Part of the reason so many of us love Thanksgiving is for the tradition. We're not suggesting you change out all of your favorite dishes, but you can make a few substitutions and enjoy a healthier meal. Mashed cauliflower is a great alternative to mashed potatoes, and using fresh fruits and vegetables will provide a more nutrient-rich dish than prepackaged goods.
By following these tips, you're sure to have a healthier Thanksgiving, and one that will leave you feeling thankful long after Turkey Day!