As we all know, it’s far too easy to “pack on the pounds” over the holidays.  That infamous downward spiral often times starts with Thanksgiving and lasts until after we welcome in the new year.  However, by following a few helpful strategies, you can still enjoy some of your favorite dishes and avoid weight gain and that uncomfortable bloated feeling.

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  • Eat a healthy breakfast in the morning –  a satisfying protein smoothie or an omelet with veggies is a great way to start the day and keep blood sugar levels stabilized until the main event.  You’ll be less likely to overindulge when you’re not in the starving mode.
  • Practice mindful eating.  Eat slowly and chew foods thoroughly.  Your brain will receive the message when you’re pleasantly satisfied as opposed to ending up stuffed to the gills!
  • Try making one of your favorite dishes gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan style.  You may be surprised at the great taste, not to mention its digestibility.
  • Include good fats with your turkey (avocados, butter, olive oil, nuts, seeds, etc.) to help you feel satisfied and stay that way.
  • Limit bread in all its forms.  Grains are high on the glycemic index, meaning they turn into sugar rapidly in your body.  In addition, wheat contains gluten which is difficult to digest.
  • Remember that refined sugar is the bane of our existence!  It’s at the heart of most chronic, degenerative disease states, including obesity.  A few bites of dessert should suffice so you won’t feel deprived.  Forego most of the processed, packaged foods.
  • Don’t cave in when friends or family members entice you to indulge in larger portion sizes or second helpings.  When you feel satisfied, just say “no”.
  • Avoid or limit alcohol intake.  Drink plenty of water all day or enjoy some mineral water with a twist of lemon or lime.  It’s refreshing, less calories, and you’ll stay sober.
  • Plan a post-meal walk.  Get out in the fresh air and move!

Ultimately, we join together on Thanksgiving to celebrate quality time with our family and friends.  That is the true essence of the holiday spirit.  At Rejuvena, we wish you a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving!

 

 

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