Healthy tips for Thanksgiving

Tuesday, 3 mi, 9:16 average pace

I am officially on break from school today. So, don’t read this until you have finished your work day if you are still at it! 🙂 I promise I won’t brag, especially since I couldn’t sleep past 7am this morning and fell asleep at 8:30pm last night. As we are all thinking and planning for the events tomorrow, I want to take some time to think about my “healthy” goals for tomorrow. What do I want to achieve so that I’m not in stomach ache or sugar rush status by 8pm tomorrow.

1. Start the day with exercise. A local or big city race, spin class at the gym, or a brisk walk. Imagine every 30 minutes gets you a piece of pie. 🙂 My gym is open just in the morning which is perfect!

                                              Detroit Turkey Trot 2011

2. Indulge in a lot of water all day long! Stay hydrated with water so that you feel full and energized. Instead of going back to the appetizer area multiple times, finish off a few glasses of the good stuff. 😉

3. Sometimes you just need to walk away. Go hang out in another room without the apps or desserts sitting out. After you have had a healthy portion, go play with the kiddos or talk with someone in another area.

4. Run around with the kids! I think this is a perfect way to burn extra calories and so fun. If the weather is nice enough play capture the flag, throw a football around, or plain old tag. If it’s chilly try an interactive sport video game, or some around the world ping pong.

5. Here is where it gets tricky. You have to hit 3 houses full of food during the day. All different and tasty treats that you would love to sample. Try to make your first stop revolve around fruit and veggies (salads, beans, cranberries, etc). At the next stop have some protein and complex carbs (turkey, sweet potato, and whole grain roll). At the third stop have a single dessert that is your all time fav! If you really can’t choose, have a 1/2 slice of one and 1/2 of another.

6. Enjoy the day. Don’t stress out over food and calories but be mindful. Remember that our bodies are not garbage disposals. Focus on time with friends and family, and the food is only secondary. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

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2 responses to “Healthy tips for Thanksgiving

  1. Laura Lee Hope you had a healthy and happy Thanksgiving! Love to you and Rob. I am doing well and I love Sydney. See you in a week. Love, Mom

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