Monday, 24 November 2014

5 Expert Tips to Enjoy a Healthy Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving is fun but can lead to overindulgence, which isn't good for your health. If you eat too much you can get indigestion and feel ill the next day.

Thanksgiving Feast

The following 5 expert tips can help you enjoy Thanksgiving without overdoing it:
  1. Limit Your Meat Intake.
    Consider that regularly consuming animal protein can lead to heart disease, cancer, inflammation, and other unwanted health conditions. Processed meats are often full of hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals that the body does not need. Eating organic food is a much healthier choice, especially if you stick with greens, grains, fruits, and vegetables.

  2. Try Not to Eat Too Many Refined Carbohydrates.
    Stay away from eating too much overly refined carbohydrates such as rolls, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. These carbohydrates can increase blood sugar levels, which can lead to diabetes and obesity if eaten too often. Stuffing can be healthy if it mostly contains vegetables and isn't prepackaged with preservatives and artificial flavors.

  3. Eat Just One Plate and Don't Think About Second Helpings.
    Stick with one plate full of a mix of colorful vegetables and you will be eating a healthier meal than the common person does on Thanksgiving. A good mix includes leafy greens, carrots, bell peppers, and beets. You'll feel full if you focus on such high nutrition veggies with low caloric density.

  4. Avoid Both Starving and Snacking Before Dinner.
    If you starve yourself all day before dinner, it may cause you to overeat. If you snack too much before dinner, it may cause you to forget how much you've eaten, which can also lead to overeating.

  5. Drink Plenty of Water and Go for a Walk After Eating.
    Drinking plenty of water can help satisfy your appetite and avoid overeating. Going for a walk after eating helps burn off calories.