When you think about Thanksgiving feast, you probably picture glistening turkey, creamy mashed potatoes with a pat of butter, golden-brown stuffing, and crisp apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream. And there is nothing wrong with that! For most people, there is no harm in indulging on occasion.
During the holidays, all good intentions of trying to keep your health and nutrition on track is a lot easier said than done.
According to some estimates, Americans consume up to 4,500 calories during traditional holiday celebrations including Thanksgiving, office parties, Friendsgiving, and Christmas and Hanukkah festivities. If you’re a social butterfly and have a lot of commitments, those extra calories can add up and you’ll be going into the new year with a few extra pounds (and not the good type).
However, we’re not telling you to not show up to the family potluck, but keep in mind that those extra servings come at a cost. Don’t let poor eating habits carry on into the colder months. The accumulation of these pounds unfortunately won’t melt as fast as the snow in the spring. But there are ways you can shed those extra pounds before you have to shed the puffy winter jacket.
Choosing foods that are part of the anti-inflammatory diet is designed to prevent or reduce low-grade chronic inflammation, a key risk factor in a host of health problems and several major diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and joint pain.
Under normal circumstances, short periods of inflammation can be good for the body and help the body heal, but when inflammation is constant, it can lead to various chronic diseases.
Moreover, the typical anti-inflammatory diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, lean protein, nuts, seeds and healthy fats. These foods contain antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to reduce inflammation.
Ready for a plot twist? With the right mental framework, it’s possible to see Thanksgiving as a unique opportunity—not a minefield—for mindful eating.
Following a special diet? OR Want to change your habits? Consider adding or replacing with more nutrients to your holiday meal. We've got you covered with gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and diabetic-friendly recipes that will shine on your holiday table.
Roasted Butternut Squash w/Onions, Bacon, Parmesan is made all in one sheet pan!
Apple and Grape Fall Fruit Salad is made with sweet, crunchy apples and grapes in a creamy yogurt and cream cheese sauce topped with crushed walnuts and brow sugar.
Sausage stuffed Butternut Squash a flavorful family dinner features Italian sausage pecans, cranberries, and spinach packed with veggies, fiber, and protein, and gluten free. Perfect main course or side dish for holiday parties!
Cinnamon Apple Quinoa, a healthy & gluten free breakfast option for starting your day.
Chunky Applesauce with Cranberries, a healthy and vegan so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a tasty and nutritious snack.
Brussels Sprout Salad is a cold weather superfood!
Vegan Paella, the traditional Spanish rice dish.
Autumn Lentil & Pumkin stew w/Cilantro Oil – this is all vegetarian stew full of plant protein, fiber, antioxidants and ample fall spices.
Kale & Roasted Butternut Squash Salad w/Goat goat cheese and maple dressing. It’s festive and perfect for fall. Gluten free and vegetarian.
Vegan Pumkin Scones w/Walnuts and Maple (Oil Free)
Brown Rice Pumkin Risotto with fall flavours of sage and cinnamon can be a vegetarian main course dish.
Vegan Roasted Pumpkin Soup with a whole cooking pumpkin, onion, celery, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Change how you look and feel with above tips to keep the weight at bay. Remember to “Give Thanks“ , celebrate your day with your family & friends, feast on, party all night, organize games or events in the form of appreciation because Melody Beattie said "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. Turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."
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