Tips For A Healthy Thanksgiving Approach

Thanksgiving is TWO days away. I’m finishing up finalizing my Thanksgiving dessert list and can’t wait to get started on baking tomorrow night. Call me lame, but I’m skipping out on the drunkenThanksgiving-eve festivities this year and am so excited to enjoy a night in full of baking and warmth. It’s going to snow tomorrow and I know that I’ll get my fill of coldness Thanksgiving morning at the Turkey Trot – which I definitely will not be running hungover!

I want to share some tips with you guys tonight. I feel like everywhere I turn on social media, I’m bombarded with tips on how to avoid holiday guilt and some are so unrealistic that all I can do is laugh. I think my favorite that I’ve seen so far is “make a peace sign with your fingers and make your pie slice the width of your fingers.” Seriously? There are many better tips than that one. Please don’t follow that tip.

With that said, here’s my tips for a healthy Thanksgiving approach. Remember, part of a healthy lifestyle is balance and indulging. When it comes to Thanksgiving, it’s important to have that mindset and indulge in whatever your heart desires, whether it’s stuffing, mashed potatoes or pie!

Tips:

1) Move on Thanksgiving morning! I love that Turkey Trots have become so popular. Nick’s mom, sister and I have made it a Thanksgiving tradition to run the local Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and it’s something I’ve been looking forward to for weeks. Sure, a 5k isn’t  a crazy long distance, but it’s a great way to kick off a day of eating.

2) Prepare a healthier dish for your meal. Offer to bring a side dish or salad to add to the spread, such as these roasted brussel sprouts or this fall-inspired salad.

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3) Indulge in the good stuff. Store-bought pies will be around all year long but that homemade apple pie will not. I find it much easier to turn down the store bought stuff in favor of the homemade stuff – especially when it comes to desserts. Dessert is something I will never skip on Thanksgiving, and you shouldn’t either!

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4) Prepare for your big meal with healthier ones. Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing day. If your family doesn’t eat until later in the day, eat a nutritious breakfast that will keep you from mindless snacking throughout the day and will get you some of the nutrients you need. If you eat mid-day, eat a light but filling breakfast (such as oatmeal or a yogurt bowl) that will keep you from showing up to the dinner table starving.

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5) Take the focus off of food. I know that sounds weird, but hear me out. While a large part of the holiday centers around food, focus on what you’re thankful for. Focus on spending time with family you don’t see often, catching up with loved ones and let the food be a bonus. Be sure to really celebrate the holiday for what it’s about.

6) Relax. Thanksgiving is ONE day of the year. It’s not meant to be healthy and full of clean eating – that’s why it’s a holiday! You can return to healthy habits on Friday, but enjoy the holiday for what it is and don’t beat yourself up over it.

I’ve just got to get through one more day of work and then it’s time for a nice little break. I’m so looking forward to a four-day weekend!

What are some of your tips for a healthy approach to the holidays?