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SURVIVOR SERIES: SURVIVING THANKSGIVING FEASTING

With the holidays fast approaching, many of us (myself included) cannot wait to be sitting around the table with our families. All anyone can talk about this time of year is the various traditions they have throughout the holidays. From all of the food, drinks, and desserts we are going to be eating to the toll that they can be taking on our body, here are a few tips for helping you survive Thanksgiving dinner.

  1. Eat Breakfast. You may want to save all your calories for all the food for the feast, but actually eating breakfast will help in controlling how much you are able to eat during Thanksgiving dinner. People who do not eat breakfast usually over indulge on what they are eating instead of being mindful about their eating.
  2. Stay Clear Of The Tempting Dish. If you have a soft spot for candy or mashed potatoes like me, you may be eyeing them with the intention to consume them all. Positioning yourself in front of any of your favorite dishes might tempt you to eat more of that and not enjoy the entire meal. For a good alternative seat yourself around your friends and family where you can talk with them, or go somewhere else where you won’t be distracted by that dish.
  3. Play Football. I know in most households the tradition is watching football on Thanksgiving. To help combat being lazy and entering hibernation after dinner, go outside and hit the gridiron. Not only watching football on the T.V., but actually playing football will burn those calories!
  4. Try A Healthier Recipe. The best part of Thanksgiving is having all your favorite foods in one meal. Those favorite meals that your relatives have made year in and year out make for Thanksgiving to be one of the less healthy holidays (second only to Arbor Day). There are plenty of alternative recipes for traditional Thanksgiving dishes that cut out some calories. Go for all of the flavor and half the sodium!
  5. Start Up Your Metabolism. Most cities in the U.S. and more specifically New York have a 5k, 10k, or walk on Thanksgiving Day; commonly known as a “turkey trot.” These walks are a great way to start your metabolism and stay healthier on turkey day.
  6. Rehydrate. Drinking lots and lots of water is a must on Thanksgiving. With all the foods that contain fat and the variety of drinks at your disposal, it may be tempting to avoid, but water is your best bet. Water will help you keep hydrated, while drinks like soda, juice, and eggnog will deplete water. Another good thing about water is that unlike the other drinks, it has zero calories. I repeat zero calories. So you will never have to feel guilty about drinking that tall glass of water.

Written By Emily Cooley, Peer Educator

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