By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer
Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to give thanks and count our blessings. It can also be a time to overeat and overindulge. Here a few tips to help keep you from feeling like you lost control of your healthy eating habits on this feastful holiday:
1. Eat small portions of each food item you want to sample.
2. Don’t deprive yourself of dessert or you may overeat something else. If you want a slice of pie, have one. Just cut a half a slice, let that digest an hour or so before you think about having more!
3. Make sure you drink plenty of water. Dehydration can make you want to consume more food. And drinking water fills your stomach so you don’t have as much room for food.
4. If you drink alcohol, remember it is dehydrating. Trade off between one glass of water for every beer or glass of wine (or mixed drink if you are hitting harder stuff.)
5. Remember that this holiday is really about spending time with friends and family. Focus on the social interactions and the food becomes less of an issue.
6. If you are struggling with overeating or overindulging, do the dishes! It helps out the hostess/host and gives you something to do with your hands besides munch!
A Heartfelt Thank You
And thank you for reading my blog. It’s been a great year for Working Well Massage, am exceptionally happy year for me and a wonderful year for the many people in my life that have benefited from massage therapy, wellness coaching, personal training, better ergonomics, outdoor exercising, and good nutrition! I am grateful to have the opportunity to meet so many interesting and positively motivated people as I travel around and find interesting stories for my blog. It’s the people I meet and work with that make my life interesting and fulfilling. A heartfelt thank you to all of you I’ve come in contact with this year, on the blog and in real life!
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- 5 Tips to A Guilt-Free Thanksgiving Meal (psychologytoday.com)
- Carolyn Scott: This Year Give Thanks For Your Health (huffingtonpost.com)
- Feast on Fantastical Food Art Landscapes for Thanksgiving! (inhabitat.com)
- 34 Reasons to be Thankful (onemann.blogspot.com)