Wednesday, November 25, 2015

9 Ways to Make Your Thanksgiving Healthier

Tomorrow is the Thanksgiving holiday celebration here in the states. Many of you have been busy planning your holiday menu, developing the guest list, seating charts, decorations and all the hoopla around the Thanksgiving celebration. Some of you may be so busy with the festivities of holiday celebrations you may have forgotten what Thanksgiving is all about and what is really happening at the dinner table. It seems for many Thanksgiving is more about over indulgence and less about thankfulness. Where's the thanks in over indulgence?

In the last few weeks I have heard the pain from some of my clients of not having the same Thanksgiving as years past with all the “trimmings” because money is in short supply. With “the holidays” straight ahead a new sadness has been added as many are unable to provide the same “things” as last year. I got to thinking maybe now is a good time to begin to rethink what Thanksgiving is all about. It’s not about over indulgence, it’s about being grateful for what we do have however little that may seem.

How about thinking about Thanksgiving a new way perhaps a more grateful and thankful way? Thanksgiving does not have to be about the food, decorations or hoopla it can be filled up with the deep appreciation of the kindness you have received from others. It can be about something more meaningful like taking a day to be truly thankful for your family, friends, food, shelter, warmth and your health. For one day forget about how you wish things were different and be truly present with what you do have and be grateful for it.

How about this year start a new tradition by putting the GIVING back into Thanksgiving by donating your time or resources to a local charity, invite someone you know over to share your Thanksgiving holiday. Let those you care about know how much you appreciate them. 
Creating a tradition around celebrating being thankful and gratefulness is character building, creates integrity and a since of giving back to the world. Take time to appreciate you too, how you have made the world a better place for having been in it, and the good you have brought to others.   

Kevin Eikenberry shares with us the powerfulness of being grateful and how life changing it can be, in his article the Power of Gratitude he calls it the magic potion of health and happiness. That’s a Thanksgiving worth celebrating.
If you are like me, you have been thinking about how to make your Thanksgiving healthier so here are 9 tips to help with yours too. 

1. Eat slowly. Give you tummy time to fill up. You don't need to eat the whole thing!
2. Don’t skip meals in order to save up calories or save room for more food.
3. Drink lots of water to flush out your system, and create a more full feeling.
4. Cranberries lots of them they are so good for you.
5. Dressing eat it, don't stuff yourself. Feeling satisfied is one thing, stuffed is another.
6. Start with vegetables, studies show you eat less when you start here.
7. Eat some now, and some later. 6 meals is better than 1 big one.
8. Eat turkey, protein is better for you in this case than carbs.
9. With desert take a minute to thank each other for sharing the day together and be grateful for all you do have.

Thank you for sharing your Thanksgiving with us, we are truly thankful for you.
Your partner in health,
Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Certified Health Coach
Wellness Consultant

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