6 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

6 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Posted on November 22, 2016 by Dr. Shannon Thieroff

Thanksgiving is a time to eat good food and have fun with relatives. It can also be a time for stress, over-indulgence and stomach aches. This Thanksgiving, we at Focus Family Chiropractic would like our patients to be happy and healthy throughout the holiday. The following tips will help.

EAT BEFORE YOUR FEAST

Fasting throughout the day before your Thanksgiving meal can lead to overeating. Eating breakfast when you wake in the morning can curb your appetite, as can munching on crunchy vegetables throughout the day. If you’re having relatives over, encourage healthy snacking by making a vegetable platter with healthy dips for you and your guests to consume.

DRINK WATER

Water is an appetite suppressant, so make the effort to drink lots of water throughout the day. Drinking ample water can prevent you from sneaking bites of pumpkin pie and ice cream as you prepare the meal.

PACE YOURSELF

It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you’re feeling full. In that time, many people overeat. Pacing yourself can help. Take pauses between bites. Draw out the meal by savoring your food, eating slowly, and smelling the delicious scent of each dish.

GO FOR A WALK

Going for a walk can encourage the digestive juices to start flowing after your Thanksgiving meal. Get together with your guests after the meal is over and go for a walk around the neighborhood where you live. This will help you burn off some of the calories that you’ve just consumed and will also help you get over any stomach ache that you may feel when you’re done eating.

MANAGE YOUR STRESS

Many people feel stress at the holidays, especially when entertaining guests. Using stress management techniques can help you enjoy your meal and may prevent you from stress-eating.

  • Take deep breaths throughout the day. If you feel your muscles tensing throughout the day, take deep breaths to loosen your muscles and settle your emotions.

  • Give thanks. Put things into perspective by taking note of the things that make you feel thankful.

  • Plan ahead. Disorganization can lead to stress. Planning ahead can help. Cook dishes ahead of time and clean the house the weekend before the event.

SEE YOUR CHIROPRACTOR

A well-timed chiropractic adjustment can help your Thanksgiving go more smoothly in a variety of ways. Chiropractic adjustments boost the immune system while preventing muscle pain and injury, so you can spend your Thanksgiving enjoying time with friends and relatives. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, a good chiropractor will use a variety of natural techniques to help you have a happier, healthier holiday.

  • Stretches and exercises. Your chiropractor can teach you a variety of stretches and exercises that you can use to loosen your muscles, reduce stress and aid digestion after the meal is over.

  • Lifestyle advice. Making small changes to your habits at the holidays can help you feel less anxiety while avoiding illness. Your chiropractor can give you lifestyle advice to help you make those changes.

  • Nutrition counseling. Nutrition counseling from your chiropractor can help you counter balance the calories that you take in at Thanksgiving.

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