Simple Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Ah, Thanksgiving:  the holiday where we pause and reflect on what we are truly grateful for.

Okay, that took about 30 seconds… now bring on the FOOD!

On a day where food plays such a prominent role, remember that even today, moderation can make a big difference.  The easiest place to start is portion size:

  • A serving of meat (such as turkey) is 3 ounces — about the size of a deck of cards.  
  • Go easy on the gravy.  
  • Enjoy a few bites of dessert (yes, dessert…. even naturopaths gotta live a little, right?), but skip the seconds.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages to 1 or 2 drinks.
If you’re in charge of meal planning, think about simple substitutions:
  • Sweet potatoes are a better source of fiber and phytonutrients than white potatoes.  Just skip the marshmallows and enjoy what nature provided!
  • Ditch the white dinner rolls in favor of whole grains (100% whole wheat bread, wild rice, quinoa, etc.).
Most of all, eat slowly and mindfully.  In other words, pay attention to the food, and enjoy every bite — you’ll end up eating less that way!  Also, enjoy the company around the table — this activates our parasympathetic nervous system, improving digestion.
Did you end up eating too much?  Try a few supplemental digestive enzymes, rather than reaching for an antacid.  Stomach acid is necessary for the proper digestion of food, and the absorption of nutrients such as calcium and vitamin B12.
Last but not least, take a little longer than 30 seconds to reflect on what you are grateful for.  Focusing on our blessings helps blessings to multiply in our lives.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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