Tips & Tricks to Keep You on Track with Your Holiday Health Goals

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Whether you’re enjoying a family Thanksgiving dinner or having people over to watch the big game, check out these tips and tricks to keep you on track with your health goals.

Stay fueled:

-Try having a glass of water and a snack before heading out to a party or gathering. If you arrive hungry, you are more likely to overeat and eat mindlessly.

-Whether it’s a slice of buttery pecan tart or savory turkey stuffing, we all have that one thing we look forward to during the holidays. Be mindful of the portion and eat slowly to really savor it.

-By choosing to fill your plate with vegetables first, you decrease the amount of space available for the starchier options that may be available. Remember: fiber increases satiety and supports blood sugar regulation helping keep cravings at bay.

-Be mindful of sneaky calories in alcoholic beverages. Swap the sodas and sugary drink mixes with flavored sparkling water and fresh lemon juice. At gatherings, alternate alcoholic drinks with a glass of water to stay hydrated and to help cut calories.

Stay active:

-After you’ve eaten a big meal, walk off that ‘turkey coma’ with a stroll around the block. The gentle upright movement improves digestion and helps prevent heart burn. You’ll also get your steps in!

-The holidays are about spending time with family. Stay active with fun activities like playing football, corn hole, or hide-and-seek. Try a nature trail or get out for a family bike ride. If the weather is cool, maybe it’s time for a skate or some fun in the snow.

-You’re not the only one who wants to stay active during the holidays. Now is a great time to include a friend or family member. Keep each other accountable by planning an activity date.

Stay on track:

-Before the holidays, try to identify the situations, places, or feelings that tend to make you reach for comfort food. Write a list of alternative things that you can do to fulfill yourself emotionally, rather than turning to food. For example: read a book, call a friend, spend time with family, or go for a walk outside!

-With the holiday season comes the darker winter months. You may experience changes in your mood, energy levels, sleep patterns, and motivation. Conquer the blues by taking your activity outside. Enjoy the sunshine and vitamin D!

-By sharing your own goals, you might realize that many around you are also committed to their own health journey. Support each other in avoiding temptations and staying on track.