With Thanksgiving dinner this weekend, it may seem like a difficult task to maintain a wellness diet. However, with a few considerations it is possible to enjoy your meal without feeling like you are holding back.
Eat Small Meals Throughout the Day
As a part of your day to day routine strive to eat multiple smaller meals spread throughout the day as apposed to three large portions. This will not only leave you feeling satisfied and energized throughout the entire day, but also improves your metabolism allowing you to maintain a healthy weight. Thanksgiving should be treated no differently in order to avoid overindulging at dinner time. Ensure to stick to your regular routine early in the day leading up to Thanksgiving dinner to avoid overeating and feeling lethargic afterwards.
Focus on Spending Time with Family
Thanksgiving is truly about giving thanks and enjoying the company of the most important people in our lives. The food can often become the centre of attention, so directing our focus away from it can allow us to take a step back and appreciate what we are grateful for. Before or after dinner, plan to do some sort of activity as a family such as going for a walk. This will not only be a wonderful way for your family to enjoy the holiday, but will leave you feeling better. Plus, this will allow you to burn off extra calories so that you can enjoy your meal guilt free.
Build Your Plate Wisely
When dinner time comes around, there are a few things that you can do to make your meal more nutritious and avoid eating too much. The great thing about Thanksgiving dinner is that the meals are often home cooked and prepared from scratch, which supports a wellness lifestyle. Start off by taking the foods you know you can’t resist, but are not necessarily that good for you in reasonable proportions. After that you can fill your plate with enough colourful veggies to leave you feeling satisfied. As well, drinking plenty of water is of importance in order fulfil your thirst needs, which can be mistaken as hunger if not met. Lastly, enjoy a drink with dinner to celebrate if you please, but be careful with how much alcohol you consume as the calorie content is quite high and should be kept in moderation.
Keeping these tips in mind, you should be able to enjoy your Thanksgiving without worrying about affecting your progress towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
A great event to get involved in is the Granville Island Turkey Trot. The kids race is on Sunday October 8th, and the adult 10km race takes place on Monday October 9th. For more information look here http://turkeytrotrun.ca/.
Written by Fiona Brown, Chiropractic Technical Assistant at NewPort VIllage Chiropractic