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Healthy Thanksgiving!

Posted By Diquan Edmonds, North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! The big turkey day is only a few days away! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. It does not get any better than spending time with friends & family, watching football, and eating delicious food. Thanksgiving also reminds me of all I have to be thankful for. With all the delicious food that Thanksgiving involves, it can be a challenge to stay healthy. This wellness blog will give you some tips on staying healthy during Thanksgiving.

Most dieticians maintain that the average Thanksgiving Day dinner is around 3,000 calories. This figure is way over the recommended caloric intake for an average individual for all meals in a day. Although this one day of over consumption of turkey and gravy will likely not be too detrimental to your overall health, there are some tactics you can use to minimize the damage further.

  1. Plan physical activity into your Thanksgiving Day traditionsThis physical activity can be as organized as your local  Turkey Trot, or as informal as a family walk before or after your meal. Even something as fun as an annual family (or friends) football game to get in the Thanksgiving mood can be a great way to get moving. The most important thing is to do an activity to get your blood flowing and to burn some calories.

  2. Try not to skip breakfast on the big day. Instead eat a light, healthy breakfast to start your day. Skipping breakfast (and meals in general) can lead to overeating later in the day.

  3. Eat your meal slowly. Eating slowly can help in a couple of different ways. First, research has shown that eating slowly will help you savor your meal - leaving your more satisfied at the end.  Eating slowly also helps you recognize when you are full with less of a chance of overeating.

  4. Eat everything… in moderation. Thanksgiving is a time of indulge. It is often the only time of year to eat experience certain foods. This is why I would like to encourage you to eat in moderation. Instead of a whole slice of pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie, try a half slice of each. This tactic will hopefully allow you to enjoy all of your favorite foods, without overeating.

  5. Instead of just the food, focus on the meaning of Thanksgiving. Spending time with friends and family and reflecting on what you have to be thankful for should not be overlooked. If you make these things the main focus of your day with the food being a backdrop, you may come out of the day even more fulfilled.

If your department is having a Thanksgiving celebration, try adopting some of these practices. You can still promote wellness in the workplace, while enjoying all that Thanksgiving has to offer. I hope you all have a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time,


Tags:  NCRPA Wellness  Wellness  Wellness bulletin 

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