Though Thanksgiving will probably look a bit different this year, it’s still an important time for families to make memories together. Dr. Sharon Nachman, division chief for Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, says making the decision to host and committing to doing it safely is important. You should give yourself enough time to think about how many people you can host, what you’ll make, and how you’ll serve it, as well as what people will do after dinner. That’s on top of your typical holiday stress.
Thanksgiving is a holiday most of us associate with feasting on your favorite holiday foods. Turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, and stuffing are usually a mainstay for most holiday dinners. But pack on the sides and it is no wonder most people gain 1-2 pounds during the holidays- and never take it off! It is estimated that the average Turkey day meal ranges between 3000 and 4500 calories per person. How do you deal with all these extra calories? Are you like Joey on Friends and have those special Thanksgiving pants?
The majority of us consider Thanksgiving to be our one cheat day of the year. But the degree to which we indulge has a significant impact on how we recover. Here are a few tips to enjoy your holiday favorites and not add the weight.
- Eat a light, healthy meal before Thanksgiving so you won’t be urged to gorge yourself in foods that have an abundance of calories.
- Instead of eating everything on the Thanksgiving table, only pick your favorite foods and have them in moderate amounts.
- If picking the lesser of two evils, go with Thanksgiving foods high in fat rather than carbohydrates. Your body always burns the fat first but, carbohydrates get churned into stored energy and later become fat.
- Drink lots of water as it fills you up and suppresses hunger.
- Hit the gym before the holiday as it will turn your body into fat burning furnace and briefly enhance your metabolism. Another great option is a brisk morning walk to jump start your metabolism.
- Instead of watching football on Thanksgiving, actually play with your family. It’s a fun way to burn off the calories.
Remember although the feast is important, don’t forget the real meaning of the holiday, be thankful for what you have, treasure your friends and family and enjoy the day.