During this special season of reflection, it is a time-honored tradition to take a moment to think about what we’re most grateful for. Our patients at the top of the list of everyone here at Columbine Family Practice!
From everyone at Columbine Family Practice, please accept our gratitude for our trust in us. We wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!
As we prepare to feast on Thanksgiving dinner, it goes without saying that this is one of the most caloric meals of the year. From sweet potato casserole to stuffing and butter-soaked mashed potatoes, our healthy lifestyle sure takes a hit this holiday.
However, just because our plates are piled high doesn’t mean our waistlines need to widen. Use these helpful and healthy tips to stay on track this Thanksgiving. You may be surprised at just how easy it is.
1. Avoid the Skin
As delicious as that crispy component to the Thanksgiving meal is, it’s not worth it. High in fat, the skin of the turkey is loaded with calories and sodium as well. Peel and discard for a healthier spread this turkey day. Plus, with all of the tasty side dishes taking up residence on your plate, you won’t even miss it.
2. Toss the Table Salt
A majority of the Thanksgiving day offerings are loaded with sodium. Thus, when it comes time to serving up your favorite dishes, avoid adding additional salt. It might be routine for you to shake some of the seasoning on your meal, but instead, resist.
So begin by tasting your food before dousing it in table salt. If you still need a flavor-enhancer, sprinkle a bit on your meal and then enjoy!
3. Eat Breakfast
It might seem smart to avoid any and all foods prior to the biggest meal of the year, but don’t do it. Make sure to snack on a small breakfast early Thanksgiving day — protein, fiber and a complex carb will do just the trick!
Greek yogurt with almonds and a piece of fruit or eggs and whole wheat toast will keep your blood sugar level before the main event. By eating something early in the morning, you’ll also be avoiding the stuffing yourself silly with appetizers or worse, sweet treats!
4. Focus On Family, Not Food
While that turkey presides in the center of your dining room table this Thanksgiving, it’s important to remember why we gather on this special day. Whether you’re surrounded by family or friends, this holiday is meant to be spent reflecting and showing gratitude.
So fill up your plate, but also your heart this Thanksgiving. Acknowledge the true meaning and appreciate those you’re with.
5. Sample Some Sweets
When it comes time for dessert, don’t deprive yourself. Instead, tantalize your tastebuds with sample sizes of different treats. Pumpkin, pecan and apple pies are delicious, but their flavor loses its luster after a few bites.
Practice stepping away from the dessert counter once you’re finished with a few samples. Grazing or going back for seconds will leave you with a sugar-coated hangover — an unpleasant way to end a day full of feasting.
Source: www.streetwise.co; Caroline Earle; November 26, 2014.