Thanksgiving is a holiday in which families get together and feast. However, this is the time when we tend to put our guards down on our health. During thanksgiving, we need to watch out for high blood pressure and diabetes for those who have these two conditions. Checking on your thanksgiving dinner is highly recommended to avoid eating too much fatty foods or foods that might raise your cholesterol levels. Keep in mind your physicians orders regarding these conditions.
Generally, a thanksgiving dinner has over 2000 calories, and can be a challenge if you need to watch your waistline. Remember, it is easier to gain weight than to lose it, and especially if you are in a festive mood. The following 4 tips can be helpful to eating healthy during thanksgiving holiday.
• Check your cholesterol levels as well as your blood pressure levels before you go to a thanksgiving dinner. If necessary, consult your doctor before you get to your thanks giving feast. Having this knowledge serves as a reminder to you as you pick healthy foods. In addition, carry your medications to the feast should you need them. If you can enjoy your meals without sugary soft drinks, then that would be great for your health, especially if you are diabetic. Fresh fruit juices are best for your health.
• Before you go to a thanksgiving dinner, ensure you eat something, not to your fill, but to avoid going there hungry. This will help you avoid packing your plate with unnecessary additions. While at the feast, go for greens and fruits, and less meats, especially red meat.
• If you have to take some alcoholic drinks, then do it in moderation. If you can avoid them, the better. Alcohol is known to have high caloric content and too much of it on top of your feast, actually facilitates expansion of your waist line.
• Take your time to enjoy your feast. During thanksgiving, there is usually a tendency to eat quickly. These results in poor digestion, and lose of nutrients that are vital for the body. Eat slowly, and in small quantities, to maximize on your meal.