The Thanksgiving Binge

The Thanksgiving Binge in Cheyenne

Chiropractic Cheyenne WY The Thanksgiving Binge

Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for our friends, family, and our health. But many of us use it as an excuse to throw our healthy nutrition and exercise habits out the window and overindulge. Often, this is just the beginning of a month or more of unhealthy eating and lack of exercise as we head into the holiday season.

Then, come January 1st we are frustrated once again, because our jeans may not fit quite the way they used to, and we make a New Year’s resolution to lose the weight in Cheyenne, again. Thus, we have to work even harder at the gym, and many people go on a diet. We then continue to battle our weight throughout the year continuously yo-yo dieting.

What if there were a better way? Well, there is! We can choose to plan ahead and make healthy choices consistently throughout the entire year including consciously making decisions about how we eat on Thanksgiving, other holidays, and all the days in between. Healthy eating and exercise just becomes a part of our lives. We can do this by keeping ourselves accountable to making good choices throughout the year.

If you are already making good healthy choices, here are some tips and tricks to stay on track. If you aren’t then, use the following list to start becoming conscious of what you can do to prevent yourself from falling further down the rabbit hole this holiday season and maybe 2019 is your year to get on track with your health.

Start the day right in Cheyenne

First thing in the morning - Start your day off right!

  1. Eat a well-balanced healthy breakfast.
  2. Front load your water intake and continue to drink water throughout the day. This will help to keep you hydrated as well as feeling full throughout the day.
  3. Exercise! Time spent burning calories will start your day right and also motivate you to make healthier choices throughout the day.

Before you leave your house:

  1. Plan ahead and pack some healthy snacks to have on hand in case your host does not have a healthy selection to control hunger throughout the day. Or offer to bring an appetizer.
  2. Offer to bring a dish. This will ensure that you have at least one healthy choice to go with the rest of the meal.

While attending your gathering:

  1. Choose the lighter and cleaner appetizers and ones that include healthy fats.
  2. Limit booze and choose what you drink wisely. Set a maximum drink limit for yourself and stick to low calorie and low sugar choices such as wine, vodka soda, and spiked seltzer water choice.
  3. Eat and drink slowly to savor the flavor.
  4. Watch your portions. Stick to the normal portion sizes you usually eat. Thanksgiving food makes great leftovers, you don’t have to eat it all at once.
  5. Stay away from processed foods. Try to choose whole foods with a low number of added ingredients especially cheese, sugars, salad dressings, mayonnaise, and simple carbohydrates such as white rolls, noodles, etc.
  6. Choose your dessert wisely. Make it count. Choose one that you will really enjoy. Keep the portion size under control. Cut your own or ask for a small slice of pie.
  7. Once your slightly full stop eating. It is important to listen to your body. You can wait an hour or 2 for dessert. No need to stuff yourself.
  8. Focus on time spent with family and friends instead of the food. Suggest a family walk after the meal, or find another active alternative to sitting around.

After you get home:

  1. Drink more water.
  2. Get rid of any food that will provide a temptation.
  3. Get back on track with your healthy nutrition and exercise tomorrow.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Enjoy your time with friends and family. Remember, it doesn’t have to be all about the food.

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