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Healthy & Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by USFHP on Nov 24, 2021 12:45:00 PM

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Can you imagine a day full of eating, then going shopping but with not such a heavy meal in your belly? That would be nice. You’d have enough energy to have a night full of shopping without feeling groggy and tired. Here are a few tips on how to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without feeling guilty about how much you ate.

It is recommended by WebMD to start your day with a small and light breakfast. Eating a smaller breakfast will help you manage your appetite throughout the entire day and eat in smaller portions. You’d also be less hungry while waiting for the feast to begin as well.

There are some traditional foods for Thanksgiving that aren’t full of fats, oils, and butter. A few options to consider having are pumpkin soup, green salads, sweet carrots, apple pie, and stuffing with cranberries. Along with these options being healthier, they also keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer.

When looking over all of the food choices to put on your plate, be mindful of your portions. It is also important to choose food items that you look most forward to eating instead of including everything on the table. Plus, don’t forget to save room for dessert!

In addition to food and dessert, what about limiting the amount of alcohol intake for Thanksgiving as well? It could be as simple as after each glass of wine or beer, drink water. This helps you stay hydrated and sober throughout the day.

USFHP wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!We’ve developed incentive programs that give rewards to our members for meeting certain health goals. Visit or call 1-800-241-4848 for help finding a provider or assistance scheduling an appointment.

Topics: Health, diet