Thanksgiving Day marks the beginning of the holiday season when people in the United States celebrate the occasion of thanking with yummy food and shopping. Hence, it is hard to resist and stay healthy during the holiday season when you are bombarded with food all the time. Unrestricted food intake followed by lack of sleep, missed workouts, poor eating habits, and stress may invite in more calories and overall health damage.
However, you can still enjoy your Thanksgiving and other holidays if you just follow the below do’s and don’ts:
Exercise to Burn off Extra Calories:
- Follow strict fitness routine especially the weeks before the holiday season starts as well as also on the day of the feast.
- Take a walk every morning and even after dinner.
Do not Skip Breakfast
- Start your day with a nutritious breakfast with protein and fiber.
- You can have an egg with a slice of whole-wheat toast.
- Whole-Grain cereal with low-fat milk can also be a choice.
Prepare Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes
- Use low-calorie ingredients in preparing a meal
- Cook Turkey using low-fat chicken.
- Make use of sugar substitutes.
- Eat more baked food and fresh green vegetables.
- Avoid fries, junk food, and oily dishes.
Look at the Entire Buffet Table and then Decide What to Eat
- Select a reasonable portion of foods needed to fill your tummy.
- Eat traditional food items that you don’t get the rest of the year.
- Don’t eat foods that are commonly available and waste your calories.
Choose the Healthy Favorites
- Eat more of low calorie and fat dishes like:
- Turkey meat
- Plain vegetables
- Roasted sweet potatoes
- Mashed potatoes
- Thin gravy
- And pumpkin pie
- Have small portions so that you can enjoy all the foods on the menu
Don’t Hurry, Eat Slowly
- Put your fork down between the bites and rest
- Chew and swallow your food properly for faster digestion
- Select foods that are rich in water, protein, fiber, and minerals
Avoid Turning into a Drunkard
- Limit alcohol intake and try to stay sober
- Drink regular water in between alcohol consumption
- Have a glass of wine or so and don’t go overboard
Safety Tips to Avoid Emergency Room Visits on Thanksgiving Weekend
Burn Prevention: Majority of burn cases during Thanksgiving takes place while baking a pumpkin pie or simmering the cranberry sauce. Hence it is advisable to keep ABC-rated fire extinguishers in the food preparing area.
Be Ready to Combat Infection: Cooking meat always involves the risk of bacterial infection. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest cooking and thawing turkeys at a minimum temperature of 325 Fahrenheit. Also stuffing should be prepared separately, outside of the turkey.
Knife Injuries: A lot of cutting is involved while preparing food on Thanksgiving. As a result, a lot of injuries happen due to a knife which can be avoided with awareness and staying cautious.