It’s estimated that the average American can consume 5,000-plus calories on Thanksgiving Day. Most people enjoy a bigger-than-usual breakfast, Thanksgiving meal — and we can’t forget the leftovers later in the evening. Now if you were an Olympic athlete, this wouldn’t be too much of a problem. But since the only activity most people do on Thanksgiving is the walk from the kitchen to the TV, Thanksgiving can wreak havoc on your health.
This year, I’m going to help you be more proactive:
- Schedule the meal earlier in the day. Thanksgiving Dinner between 2 and 5 p.m. will allow some time for the body to digest the heavy meal before you hit the sack.
- Minimize the carb overload.
- While guests are arriving, have a vegetable platter available for them to munch on.
- Serve a delicious soup as the appetizer.
- Serve a beautiful salad.
- Serve two or three different types of vegetables at the table.
- Use skim or semi-skim milk for all your recipes.
- Serve water with dinner.
- Desert: Yes, you can have it, but before dessert is served, insist everyone go for a beautiful walk around the neighborhood. My theory is dessert is OK, but you’ve got to earn it!
- Get your workout in: Head to the gym for a quick workout or take a run, walk or bike ride around the neighborhood.
So get planning and this year you will feel the best you ever have on Thanksgiving!
Want more details on these tips? Read my latest column in the Columbian “Thanksgiving Can be Healthful and Fun”
Yours in Health & Fitness,
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