Eating good food and sharing quality time with family is what we love to do at Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the downer is that it can also be a time for stress, over-indulgence and stomach aches. The following tips will help our patients at Innovative Chiropractic to be happy and healthy throughout the holiday.
First Eat, Then Feast
If you fast the day before, you may find yourself overeating at your Thanksgiving meal. When you wake up on Thanksgiving morning, eat breakfast to help curb your appetite. Encourage your family and friends to enjoy healthy snacking, by serving a vegetable platter with healthy dips.
Try to drink lots of water throughout the day because water is an appetite suppressant. By drinking lots of water you can prevent the urge to sneak bites of the food that is being prepared.
Take a Walk
After your Thanksgiving meal is over, encourage your guests to join you in a walk around your neighborhood. This will help your digestive juices to start flowing and burn off some of the calories you have consumed.
Manage Your Stress Levels
Many people become stressed during the holidays, especially if they are entertaining guests. To enjoy your meal and prevent yourself from stress-eating, try stress management techniques.
- Taking deep breaths if you feel your muscles tensing, can help to loosen your muscles and calm your emotions.
- Being disorganized can cause stress, so plan ahead. Cook whatever dishes you can ahead of time and give your house a good clean the weekend before.
- Take note of the things that make you thankful and give thanks.
Visit Your Chiropractor
Your Thanksgiving can go all the more smoothly in many ways just by having a well-timed chiropractic adjustment. The immune system is boosted with chiropractic adjustments and muscle pain and injury prevented, allowing you to enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends in Mill Creek, Seattle or wherever your travels take you.
Allow us to help you stay healthy during this approaching holiday. We would like to encourage you to contact us and make an appointment for a chiropractic adjustment before the start of the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving from Innovative Chiropractic!