It sure is! We know that Thanksgiving is notorious for being an opportunity to overindulge. Deep fried turkeys, sweet potatoes with marshmallow, and a few too many slices of pumpkin pie are incredibly easy to come by. But in comparison to some other holidays, Thanksgiving is actually incredibly easy to do in a healthier way. Do you know why? It’s because it’s a totally predictable holiday.
You already know what’s going to be on the table. There will be turkey. There will be pie. The surprises are few and far between. This means that you can use the power of predictability to plan out your meals before-hand, and make sure that you stay on your diet (within reason) even while you celebrate the holiday.
So before you pull up for Thanksgiving dinner: think back to previous year’s celebrations and ask yourself:
- What dishes am I really looking forward to?
- Which parts of the meal or only so-so, or can I get all year round?
- What treats are worth indulging in?
Once you have an idea of your favorite and not-so-favorite parts of the holiday table, move on to the next question:
What is your goal in your Thanksgiving celebrations? Are you watching portions, or staying away from sugar? Do you want to get as many vegetables in your meal as possible, or are you maintaining gluten free? Figure out your one main goal for this meal, and how you can arrange your Thanksgiving plate accordingly.
Go in to your Thanksgiving with a clear vision of what’s worth it, what’s not, and what you want out of your meal. Doing so, you’ll enjoy your time with family and friends, instead of fretting the entire day about what you are or are not eating.
One final tip to make Thanksgiving a healthy holiday: Get active!
Suggest a walk after your Thanksgiving dinner with your family, throw a football around outside, or do a Thanksgiving morning run or yoga class.
These are all opportunities to get your body moving and your family bonding over something other than food on this fabulous holiday.
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day,
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Samantha Attard, PhD, is the founder of Happy Healthy Human. Sam is a performance coach and yoga instructor who helps people eat, move, and live with intention. Learn more here.