More than any other time of year, Thanksgiving is the day we are to show gratitude for our blessings -- but that doesn’t mean we need to partake of every edible blessing all in one day!

A healthy body and mind is an incredible blessing, too, so try saying “thanks” to your healthy body by taking a few small steps to protect it during the non-stop feasting.

Here are a few tips for keeping your body healthy and whole through the Thanksgiving holiday, starting with my own advice: on Thanksgiving Day, eat breakfast. That way you won’t be as tempted to over-eat later in the day!

1.) Decrease your stress levels this holiday season by keeping a gratitude list of a few things each day or week that you are thankful for. It’s a great way to combat the extra stresses that can come with family commitments during the holiday season.

Bethany Massey, director of health services

2.) A great way to keep on an even keel over the holidays is to walk a mile for each dessert you eat. Take a family member with you for enjoyable company, or enjoy the solitude if that’s more your style.

Denis Thomas, assistant professor in psychology and counseling

3.) Avoid elastic waistbands! Thanksgiving is a holiday notorious for gluttony. If your waistband expands as you eat, you don’t have that nagging reminder to stop when you’re comfortably full, rather than eating until you split your sides. So put on your regular pants or skirt without the elastic waistband. Your waistline will thank you.

Karen Robichaud, director of the exercise and nutrition program

4.) Don’t skip meals so you can “splurge” later. Skipping meals makes you more hungry so you tend to over-eat once you get to the table for the feast. Eating every 3-4 hours also helps keep blood sugars stable to avoid insulin dips and spikes.

Bethany Massey

5.) Everyone should eat their calories at the Thanksgiving feast, not drink their calories throughout the holiday week. Stick to water or low-calorie drinks!

Bethany Massey



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