Coastal Estate Team's WELLNESS IN ONE!
Thanksgiving. For some people it means FEASTING! However, the real meaning of Thanksgiving is to gather in unity and express gratitude - to give thanks! Yes, of course we need to eat to nourish and replenish our bodies, so let's do that with a focus on thankfulness for time spent with friends and family, all while remembering to eat consciously and joyfully. Then, get back to normal eating and exercise the next day!
5 Easy Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving
Eat Sitting Up Straight, Not Standing Up: This will help you to increase fullness awareness, and will create better posture that will help you naturally breathe properly to help support your digestion. Most importantly, it will help you eat more consciously.
Proper Plate Proportions: At least one-third of your plate should consist of vegetables and fruits, which have a higher water content. This will help control your hunger while getting adequate nutrients.
Use a Smaller Plate: Cornell University researchers collected 56 research studies examining the effect of smaller plates on consumption. Combining all the studies, they concluded that a 30% reduction in plate size led to an average 30% reduction in food consumption.
Save Your Calories: Save your calories for your main Thanksgiving meal. Focus on complex (rather than simple) carbohydrates, eat moderate fat, and go for the lean protein sources. If you exercise on a regular basis, do your normal workout rather than trying to exercise "extra", which may lead you to feel even hungier.
Don't Punish Yourself: If you are being too hard on yourself about your Thanksgiving food consumption, you will find yourself even more stressed. Instead, focus on the joy of eating with your family and friends, savor each bite slowly, and eat mindfully. Thanksgiving happens once per year so take the time to appreciate it.