Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

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Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

11/19/2020

Written By Stephanie Biggs

As the holidays are approaching, we want to help guide you through the holiday feasts by sharing #simplexapproved tips with you. The past year we’ve experienced great obstacles that have changed our lives right in front of our eyes. Even though, are so many things to be grateful for during the holiday season, especially our health. You probably won’t eat as well as you would like on this day, but enjoy it. How you eat on Thanksgiving Day does not determine your overall health, but there are some easy to follow tips that will help you stay on track! Here are seven healthy Thanksgiving tips to help you get through this holiday.

1. START YOUR DAY WITH A HEALTHY BREAKFAST

Your breakfast should include a source of lean protein, healthy fat, and fiber. This combination is great for stabilizing blood sugar levels and controlling appetite for most of the morning. Some ideas:

➡️ 2 eggs with sautéed spinach, peppers, or asparagus ( cooked in avocado oil), with 1/2 cup of fruit such as berries or a small apple

➡️ Basic Protein Smoothie: 1-2 scoops collagen peptides OR 1 scoop of plant-based protein powder, 1-cup berries, fat (1 tbsp. nut butter, chia seeds, or flaxseeds) with 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk

➡️ 1/2 cup cooked gluten-free oatmeal with 1⁄2 cup berries and 1 Tbsp. almond butter

2. PUT A HEALTHIER SPIN ON A HOLIDAY FAVORITE

Challenge yourself to create a favorite holiday dish in a new and healthier way! For instance, try cauliflower mashed potatoes in place of regular mashed potatoes. Substitute refined sugar for a more natural sugar like coconut sugar. Baking cookies? Try a healthier, alternative flour like almond flour vs. refined white flour.

3. STOCK UP ON HEALTHY CONVENIENCE FOODS

Chaotic, over-scheduled days often lead to chaotic eating; have healthier convenience foods on hand during the week, so when you’re in a hurry off rushing to different events, you’ll have healthy, ready-to-go options prepared!

➡️ Mixed berries (1 cup) Unsweetened almond, cashew, or coconut yogurt Raw nuts and seeds (1 oz. or 1/4 cup) Nut and seed mix -almonds, pumpkin seeds, shaved coconut-( 1⁄4 cup)

➡️ Veggies with hummus Hard-boiled eggs (1-2) Grass-fed beef jerky or salmon jerky Larabar, Rx Bar, Thunderbird, or Epic Bars

4. STAY HYDRATED

80% of the time, thirst is mistaken for hunger. Make a conscious effort to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day Avoid sugary drinks such as sodas, juice, eggnog, and fruity cocktails that pack on the pounds with no effort

5. POSITION YOURSELF AWAY FROM WHERE THE FOOD IS BEING SERVED

If you’re further away from the food, you’ll be less visually stimulated and less inclined to mindlessly eat. At parties or other holiday gatherings, sit or stand where food isn’t constantly in the line of sight At home, have dishes served from the kitchen or a sideboard, not the dining room table Don’t leave mindless food triggers insight. For example, bowls of candy on the end table or plates of cookies on the kitchen counter

6. SNACK BEFORE GOING TO HOLIDAY PARTIES SO YOU’RE NOT AS TEMPTED TO OVEREAT

It’s hard to resist the array of appetizers that are at holiday parties. We recommend eating a healthy snack before heading to the party to prevent overindulging when you arrive. Consuming a balanced snack containing protein, healthy fat, and fiber will help curb your hunger.

7. PRACTICE SAYING NO

Rehearse responses to friends and family members who continue offering you food to eat when you’re full or not interested. You can say, “This is delicious, but I’m full. I’d love to take some leftovers,” or simply, “No, thank you”

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All of us at Simplex Health wish you a happy, healthy Thanksgiving Day!

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