3 Tips For A Happy And Healthy Thanksgiving

If I were to ask you what your favorite part about Thanksgiving is, I would bet my money that it would most likely be something about food. Thanksgiving is the kickoff to the holiday season and it’s just around the corner. Are you mentally and physically prepared for it? Here are some ways to ensure that, while you may be eating it, you don’t turn into a stuffed turkey. Don’t worry, there are only 3 simple tips and they aren’t meant to completely overwhelm you.

Work out the morning of

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A Thanksgiving feast is pretty epic. There is so much protein, carbs, sugar and fat in giant quantities all for one meal (or a continuous meal that can go on for hours). My suggestion is to make sure you work out the morning of Thanksgiving, extra hard, that way your muscles can actually use a lot of these calories and nutrients to repair themselves. If you can, lift heavy and target multiple large muscle groups. Training legs is a good idea because you will hit quads, hamstrings and glutes. You can even go for a complete, total body workout as well. Whatever you do, make it count and push hard! Earn your feast.

Choose your indulgence

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Are you a sweet or savory person? Would you rather have 2 servings of turkey, ham or mashed potatoes and only 1 small slice of pie or the other way around? Make this decision beforehand and stick with it. Trust me, even if you choose one or the other you aren’t going to be deprived or unsatisfied.

Go for a walk

This is something my family does every year. Don’t get me wrong we totally eat our share, but we all try to go for a walk afterwards or throw a football around to avoid the dreaded “food coma.” Be the one who starts this tradition in your family, even if it’s just a quick 10 minute stroll it feels so good.


Lunden Souza Lunden Souza is an Online Fitness & Lifestyle Transformation Coach. She helps people all over the world create a sustainable healthy lifestyle, so they'll never have to "start over" again! Connect with @lifelikelunden for real-life strategies to get on track for long-term health in both body and mind. View all posts by Lunden Souza