Guide to a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving

Stay healthy and eat well this Thanksgiving with these easy tips.

You can have fun celebrating without compromising your health. Try these tips to keep your body running smoothly through the stress and fun of the holiday season.

Get enough rest.
As tempting as it is to stay up late spending time with family and friends, you should try to get plenty of rest before and after Thanksgiving. Lack of sleep can contribute to mood swings and can increase your chances of getting sick.

Prepare foods safely.
Be careful in the kitchen. Keep raw meats away from other foods. Clean your counters and cutting boards well and prepare meat to the right temperature. Wash your hands frequently and be sure to store foods promptly and properly after mealtime.

Eat healthy portions.
When it’s mealtime, don’t overeat. Try serving yourself the same, reasonable portions you eat every day to maintain a healthy diet. The CDC reports that keeping food out of reach may discourage overeating. Serve food on a separate table so you and your guests aren’t tempted by seconds.

Don’t break your diet.
It’s okay to indulge a little on Thanksgiving, but you shouldn’t break your diet or current restrictions. If you have existing health concerns or you’re trying to lose weight for your health, it’s especially important to eat wisely over the holidays.

Get some exercise.
Try going for a leisurely walk after your big holiday meal. Make it a goal to get your regular exercise even if you’re busy or you have guests in town. You’ll feel better if you keep moving.

Embrace the moment.
Don’t stress about little hiccups during the meal preparation process. A late turkey won’t be what people remember. The foundation of Thanksgiving is the time you spend with your loved ones, so try to relax and enjoy the moment with your friends and family.

Looking for more ways to keep your family healthy and happy this holiday season? Check out our online health information library for answers to your inquiries. You can also visit Medical Center of Lewisville online or call 1-855-880-4MCL for a physician referral.

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