Tips to Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday Without Overindulging
Fall is in the air and Thanksgiving is around the corner. The long weekend for Thanksgiving is a time for family get-togethers and can mean multiple turkey dinners for some. Holidays are the hardest time of year to eat healthily. The following healthy Thanksgiving tips will help you enjoy your meal(s) without increasing your waistline or throw you off course in achieving your health goals.
1. Stay Active
Start your healthy Thanksgiving Day by getting active. The fall colors in the National Capital Region are beautiful this time of year. Use the early morning solitude to go on a brisk walk, run or cycle to admire the outdoor colors.
2. Eat Breakfast
Start your day off with a healthy and balanced breakfast. Saving up calories for the big meal rarely works. Most of the time, we end up overindulging and our bodies have a harder time digesting the heavy meal.
3. Load Up on Veggies
Before you reach for the turkey, stuffing, and gravy, serve yourself a rainbow of vegetables first. Fall vegetables are plentiful in October. They are also packed with nutrients and fiber- filling goodness.
4. Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water before, during and after your meal. A large salty meal can leave you thirsty and more inclined to try and quench your thirst on unnecessary sugary or alcoholic beverages.
5. Have your Cake
There is no need to avoid dessert altogether during the holidays. If you’ve eaten a balanced meal and are still craving some pumpkin pie, indulge yourself with a small slice. If you are still craving some sugar, eat some fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth with a healthy compromise.
6. Leave the Dinner Table
Thanksgiving dinner is a time where family and friends make time to be together. Lingering at the table once everyone has finished their meal provides an opportunity to graze or snack on leftovers. Move the dinner party into another room away from food to spend time chatting and catching up.
7. Get Moving
After dinner, suggest that all of your guests go outside for some fresh air. A neighbourhood stroll or some family fun outdoor games are a wonderful way for everyone to enjoy the holiday together!
The day after your Thanksgiving feast, consider having a bowl of fresh fruit for breakfast, fresh salad ingredients for lunch, or homemade soup for dinner. Be sure to make healthy use of leftovers. Top your salad, for example, with strips of roasted, skinless turkey breast.
Mother Nature has been kind to Ottawa this fall. The temperatures have stayed warm and fall is gearing up to be colorful in the NCR. Don’t forget to keep moving this holiday weekend. Try and stick to your regular exercise routine, or if guests are in town, plan something active for all of you during the long weekend. Be sure to take advantage of the outdoor colours so easily accessible.
In addition, if you are looking for some family fun activities to keep this Thanksgiving healthy, fun and active, consider the following:
1. MosaïCanada 150–
This is a Signature event happening until October 15 for the 150th-anniversary celebrations of the Confederation of Canada. MosaïCanada 150 is a spectacular horticultural creation celebrating the art of mosaiculture and a tribute to Canada’s 150 years of history. Located at Jacques-Cartier Park this a FREE event fun for the whole family.
2. Fall Rhapsody–
From September 30 – October 22, 2017, discover Gatineau Park in a new way! During Fall Rhapsody weekends you can get a taste of local flavours, watch artists at work, chat with nature interpreters and meet local merchants. Enjoy the spectacular fall colours on display throughout Gatineau Park. Pick a place to have a picnic in nature, take a walk in the woods or enjoy a bike ride. The FREE shuttle in service on weekends. For Canada’s 150th anniversary, the NCC is offering a new shuttle route departing from the ByWard Market in Ottawa and traveling to Champlain Lookout.
Award-winning Pumpkinferno returns this year featuring a selection of specially designed Canada 150 themed pumpkin-carved displays! Take a tour through this vast outdoor art exhibit of 7,000 handcrafted pumpkins all lit at night along a kilometer long path in a picturesque 19th-century backdrop. Don’t miss this chance to discover the culture of Canada in a world of pumpkins. These mesmerizing, artist-inspired, glowing pumpkins are a not-to-be-missed event for ALL ages!
Don’t beat yourself up if you overdo it on turkey and pie this year – Thanksgiving dinner has defeated us all at one time or another. The great news is that Tuesday is the beginning of a new week where you can easily get back on track and return to your healthy routines.
Have a healthy Thanksgiving!