Stuffing, sweet Cornbread, creamy Mac & Cheeeeeez, Honey Baked Ham, fried turkey, sweet tea, sweet potato pie, garlic mashed potatoes, crescent rolls, heartburn, indigestion, fatigue, belly ache, muffin top…………………Now that sounds like a traditional Thanksgiving to me!
Food brings family and friends together unlike nothing else, but in excess, it can also contribute to an endless list of health complications and over time premature death. Now don’t have a “cow,” Folks, you can have your cake and eat it too, but take it easy on the processed, fatty, greasy, and sugary goodies ( I should follow my own advice sometimes!). I know that many of us express our love and appreciation by giving goodies to our loved ones and that’s cool, but to all of your family chefs out there preparing a big feast for your crew on “Turkey” Day this year, be sure to add a few healthier options to your menu. What better way to show how much you care for someone than to contribute to their well-being in a positive, healthy way. Sure it’s a small step, but one worth taking and People, it doesn’t take much to do just that.
- Add a fruit bowl and/or fresh vegetable platter for snacking and decoration to your dinner table (Prepare a nutritious dip such as hummus for a tasty, satisfying option).
- Other healthy tips: switch to low-fat versions of full fat ingredients, choose to bake most of your food instead of frying.
- Before or after your family gathering, take a stroll, run, or better yet, play a few games of family basketball, football, or some other activity. The point? Get physical for at least 30 minutes.
Happy Thanksgiving & Healthy Journey!