The Ultimate Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Healthy Thanksgiving dinner
Gravy drenched stuffing, buttery sweet potato casserole, and pies as far as the eye can see all sounds mouth watering…… that is until you think about the calorie count. While I do not suggest depriving yourself of your favorite Thanksgiving treats, cutting back and healthy decisions can go a long way. On average Americans consume 4,500 calories during this one meal which is the amount of calories you need in two days. So here is the ultimate Thanksgiving survival guide for enjoying your family dinner minus the food coma.


The Ultimate Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Don’t Skip Breakfast

Instead of saving up for Thanksgiving dinner eat a healthy breakfast and snack throughout the day. Individuals usually eat more when they are hungry, and it can cause overeating.


Take a Morning Jog

Take a walk down memory lane. Visit the old homestead or other relevant sites with your family and share your experiences with the new generation.


Portion Control

Most of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes are not completely unhealthy by themselves. However, it is necessary to limit our portions. Avoid loading up on butter, gravy, or sugary sweets.


Exercise Mindfulness

It takes 20 minutes for your brain to say your full. This Thanksgiving sit with an older relative and start up a conversation. This is a natural way for you to slow down while eating and stop when you are full.


Bring a Healthy Dish

This is a great way to be involved with the family dinner plus your healthy dish will fit into your diet plan. Moreover, it is a healthy option for others to enjoy. Try cauliflower rice stuffing or an autumn apple salad. Your options are limitless just decide what you and your family will enjoy.


10 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health at Your In-Laws:

  1. Thanksgiving dinner with friends and familyCreate an Escape Plan
  2. Stay Well-Rested
  3. Avoid Alcohol
  4. Stay Clear of Hot Topics (Hint Religion or Politics)
  5. Help Out AnyWhere Your Can
  6. Never Ever Play Therapist
  7. Don’t Arrive Empty-Handed
  8. Take Breaks
  9. Don’t Give Advice (Unsolicited or Not)
  10. Talk To your Significant Other

(Be sure to talk to your husband or wife before arriving for any advice and refresh your memory on names/facts/events. Have a planned social cue that will be the sign to leave.)


Take this time to focus on your friends and family! Simply enjoy your time together and make the most out of the experiences. For more health and wellness advice click here.



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