Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Seasonal Gift of Health-Giving to Your Loved Ones and Yourself!

As I was preparing to start my day earlier today, a couple of "overlapping" thoughts came to mind as we are approaching the holiday season. Thanksgiving has a rich complex history of many mixed blessings and heartache as well. What we choose to celebrate and how we celebrate it can hopefully be a demonstration to how we'd like to move forward in our lives -- with endless gratitude -- even in our current state. Hence, I choose to take that road and hope you do as well. 

On a "lighter note",  now that Thanksgiving Day is about a week away, instead of "dreading it" for throwing us off our health-giving plan, let's embrace it and not be derailed -- that is the challenge! Could we possibly just prepare ourselves to enjoy the upcoming holiday with our loved ones and be grateful and "give back" at the same time? Absolutely! Let's start out by focusing on things we can do to honor our "health-giving" and make the most of the upcoming day.

Here are some good tips to follow from how "healthy eaters" approach Thanksgiving. As you read the article here, take notice of the wise tips that follow:

(1) Go Ahead and yes, Splurge: So, if you have a favorite of something -- go ahead. Appetizers? Yes, please. But, just attempt to add more healthy veggies to the turkey plate at dinner.

(2) Have a typical eating day -- like sticking to breakfast, lunch and dinner. It may be that eating small but healthy meals at breakfast and lunch means that the turkey dinner plate need not be over- -the-top piled on high with food.

(3) Make every delicious calorie count. What do I mean by that? Work for it! Like any other regular day, do everything you can to work out or go for a power walk in the morning. At least you'll feel more positive about approaching the Thanksgiving Meal with reasonable eating expectations rather than really overeating and feeling sluggish after the meal.

(4) Have a delicious taste of a favorite food without going overboard. Example? Having extra helpings of stuffing or extra potatoes only creates a sense of "just giving in to it all" without really having to do so. Why not have a bit of everything, but in smaller amounts.

(5) Make a smart swap for a more "fattening food". Attempt having more veggies mixed in with a small amount of potatoes or having "mock" mashed potatoes with cauliflower instead of the potatoes.

(6) Go ahead and have seconds, but fill your plate with veggies first on that second go-around the table.

(7) Eat with emotions. Yes, well said. How many of us have family traditions that involve favorite recipes? Just about everyone! So eat your Aunt's famous apple pie, just keep an eye on the portion size and even fill up a bit before with a glass of water.

Thanksgiving is definitely about traditions, family and yes, giving thanks as well.

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