Have a Healthy Thanksgiving!

Published November 19th, 2019 by Dr. Hoder

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it is a holiday centered on gratitude and lots of food! It can also mean stress, overindulgence, and stomach aches. This Thanksgiving, the Markson Chiropractic team would like our patients to be happy and healthy throughout the holiday. Here are our tips for a healthy Thanksgiving.

Drink Water

Staying hydrated is important for a healthy body, but water is also an appetite suppressant. Being hydrated helps your body know when you’re actually hungry or just eating mindlessly. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can keep you from sneaking bites of pumpkin pie as you prepare your meal!

Eat Before the Feast

Fasting before your big Thanksgiving meal can lead to overeating. Eat a healthy, well-rounded breakfast when you wake up to help curb your appetite and snack on crunchy vegetables throughout the day instead of your typical chips and dip. A colorful vegetable platter with healthy dips is a delicious way to snack responsibly.

Eat Slowly

It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you’re full, so pace yourself throughout your meal. During that 20 minute period, most people overeat so pacing yourself can help. Take pauses between bites and savor just how delicious your meal is.

Enjoy a Thanksgiving Stroll

You might feel like lounging on the couch after all that turkey, but going for a walk can get your digestive system going. Get your guests together after eating and go for a walk around the neighborhood. This will help burn off some of the calories you’ve just taken in and can help with any stomach aches you may feel if you’ve eaten too much.

Manage Stress

The holidays are a time of enjoyment, but many people feel stress, particularly when entertaining guests. These stress management techniques can help you enjoy your holiday and prevent stress-eating.

  • Plan ahead: Disorganization and procrastination can lead to stress, so a solid plan will help. Cook dishes ahead of time and clean the house the weekend before the holiday.

  • Take a few deep breaths. If you feel your jaw clenching and muscles tensing, it’s time to take a few deep breaths to settle your emotions and loosen your muscles.

  • Give thanks. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about! Put things in perspective and remember everything that you’re thankful for.

Visit Markson Chiropractic

Chiropractic care has many benefits, and a well-timed adjustment may help your Thanksgiving go more smoothly. Your immune system will enjoy a boost and you’ll help prevent muscle pain and injury, so you can spend your holiday relaxing with family and friends. We want to help you stay happy and healthy this holiday, so click here to contact us and schedule an adjustment before Thanksgiving!

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