Thanksgiving Is For Eating!

That’s right, I said it. I’m giving you three simple steps to a having healthy Thanksgiving holiday and praise be, step #3 is to enjoy the hell out of your Turkey Day.

Throwback: Friendsgiving 2006

Throwback: Friendsgiving 2006

 #1 Drink water.

            A tip you’ve no doubt heard a thousand times, and yet most people are still chronically dehydrated.  Particularly with all of the holiday traveling and ‘get me through this party’ adult beverages, taking care to drink plenty of water is of extra importance on T-day.  PRO TIP: Drink a large glass of water upon waking. If you’re feeling advanced, down a glass between each alcoholic drink.

 #2 Eat veggies.

            Yes there are vitamins and minerals, but more importantly, there's FIBER. Spend some time with the crudités (fancy word for veggie platter), and I guarantee you will have less room for marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes later – and no unfortunately Thanksgiving sweet potatoes are usually a little too butter- and sugar-filled to be considered ‘vegetable.’ But never fear, if those are your absolute favorite, please, read on…

 #3 Live it up next Thursday.

            Thanksgiving comes but once a year, and let’s face it, its delicious. I could tell you to go in with a 1-plate max game plan, but if you love the traditional turkey and all the fixin’s as much as I do, its unlikely you’ll be able to find the will power. And even if you do, there are still appetizers, wine, hot toddies, and mom’s pumpkin pie (yum!) to contend with.

Mashed Potato Mania circa 2006! 

Mashed Potato Mania circa 2006! 

            So enjoy the day, eat, drink and be merry.  Then wake up Friday morning and start your day with a green smoothie – apple, kale, spinach, avocado perhaps?  Commit to taking one healthy action every day Thanksgiving weekend – a family walk, a healthy breakfast, a booze free day. Because ‘healthy’ isn’t a result of what you do one day per year, its all of those average days that come after that really count.