The Ultimate Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Healthy Thanksgiving dinner
Gravy drenched stuffing, buttery sweet potato casserole, and pies as far as the eye can see. While I do not suggest depriving yourself of your favorite Thanksgiving treats, cutting back, and making healthy decisions can go a long way to a healthier, happier holiday. On average Americans consume 4,500 calories during this one meal alone (that’s the number 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. We 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 you’re full. This Thanksgiving, if you are gathering with anyone, 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

If you are attending a family gathering, this is a great way to be involved with the family. Plus, your healthy dish will fit into your diet plan. Moreover, you will provide 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 familyDo Create an Escape Plan
  2. Do Stay Well-Rested
  3. Do Avoid Alcohol
  4. Do Stay Clear of Hot Topics (Hint: Religion or Politics)
  5. Do Help Out Anywhere You Can
  6. Don’t Ever Play Therapist
  7. Don’t Arrive Empty-Handed
  8. Do Take Breaks
  9. Don’t Give Advice (Solicited or Not)
  10. Do Talk To Your Significant Other

(Be sure to talk to your significant other 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.)

If you can this year, take this time to focus on your friends and family! Simply enjoy your time together and make the most out of your experiences. For more health and wellness advice, click here.

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