Tips to a Healthier Thanksgiving

Snap Fitness

With the holidays upon us, it can be hard to eat healthy and stay on track with your health and fitness goals. We’ve got some great tips to help you avoid the food coma, and still enjoy a delicious meal and time with loved ones!

  1. Skip the turkey skin: As soon as you put some turkey on your plate, cut off the skin. Although it tastes good, the skin is high in fat - and not the good kind.
  2. Eat a hearty breakfast: Avoid fasting to “save your appetite” as this can lead to overeating. Be sure to eat a good breakfast, hearty lunch, and a few snacks throughout the day. If you show up to your Thanksgiving meal starving, your body will have a hard time digesting all the food.
  3. Fill your plate with veggies: Aim to fill two-thirds of your plate with a variety of vegetables. This will help you from consuming too much mashed potatoes and gravy or other less healthy options.
  4. Drink plenty of water: Often, our mind will interpret thirst as hunger so it is important to stay hydrated before and after your meal! Water will help keep your stomach feeling full and prevent overeating, as well as save you the calories from soft drinks or alcohol.
  5. Limit your sweets: We’re not suggesting to leave the pumpkin and apple pies untouched, but try to limit yourself to just one serving so that you don’t overeat!
  6. Leave the table: Once everyone is finished, try to have the group move to another room to chat. Sitting around the table for hours can tempt you to continue snacking without even realizing it!
  7. Sneak in some exercise: Take a morning or post-meal walk, or put together a fun game of backyard football. If you’re up to it, many towns put on turkey trots the morning of Thanksgiving, ranging from one-mile to 10k’s. Getting in a good workout can help you avoid any feelings of guilt after indulging in a hearty meal!
  8. Get back on track: Even if you do overindulge a bit, don’t let it take away from your goals! Schedule a workout with some friends for the next morning, and start the day after with a nutritional breakfast!
  9. Be a conversationalist: Sit by someone you haven’t seen in a while so you can converse and break up your meal. Instead of focusing on your next helping, you’ll be focused on good conversation and the holiday feelings!
  10. Enjoy: At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is meant to be enjoyed with loved ones. Don’t stress too much, and enjoy good food with good company! After all, it only comes around once a year!