How to Have a Healthier Thanksgiving This Year

We all need to come to terms with the fact that Thanksgiving dinner will always be more calories than your average dinner. However, we believe that if you’re trying to watch your figure during the holiday season there are a few tricks to eat healthier.

First things first, be conscious of what appetizers you’re eating. If you’re cooking all day and mindlessly eating, those calories could add up, especially if you’re eating a rich, cheesy dip. Instead, have a plate of fresh veggies nearby for when you get hungry.

If you have a tradition of serving a small sit-down appetizer before Thanksgiving plate, opt for a healthy, broth-based coup. Be sure to skimp on the amount of salt the recipe originally calls for so you can reduce bloating.

Breaking family traditions can be hard. Some families have it so that only one person creates each plate. If you’re watching your weight, ask if you can make your own plate, or strongly request to have specific foods on the plate or specific portions. If you do have control over your own Thanksgiving plate, load up on the non-starchy veggies. Be careful of the vegetable casseroles as those could pack in an astronomical amount of fat and salt. When in doubt, go with a smaller portion size.

When it comes to turkey, go for skinless white meat as that provides you with the lean protein you need with lower calories than the darker meat. It’s recommended you have a portion the size equivalent to a deck of cards.

Dessert is where things get tough; we often don’t have pumpkin and pecan pies throughout the year, which is why it can be hard to say no. If you’re too full from dinner, don’t make yourself uncomfortable by opting for pie right away. Instead, suggest going for a walk around the neighborhood with your family to kickstart the digestive process and burn a few calories before taking in more. If you are going to have a few slices of pie, we recommend small slices.

The average American gains, on average, seven pounds during the holiday season. More weight means more stress on your back and neck, causing pain that may require chiropractic care. Prevent back and neck pain by starting at the source: food. It’s all about smaller portions and healthier options this year. If you’re already suffering back or neck pain, contact our Peabody chiropractic office today!

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