How to Stay Healthy This Thanksgiving

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How to survive this Thanksgiving!

A healthy Thanksgiving whether you're gluten free, vegan or paleo!
A healthy Thanksgiving whether you're gluten free, vegan or paleo!

Thanksgiving is coming and you know what that means…Time to give thanks for family, friends and good health, of course! So how do you keep the over stuffing to the birds? Try to keep the focus on the company you’re with and not the delicious food that’s before you. If all else fails, maybe these tips will help you out!

Pass on the rolls – The stuffing and the rolls are kids stuff and will leave you feeling  overstuffed, tired, and groggy. There are a great many reasons to avoid gluten but for now, save your energy for the real food. If you have a real carb craving, reach for the sweet potatoes or yams.

A healthy Thanksgiving whether you're gluten free, vegan or paleo!
A healthy Thanksgiving whether you're gluten free, vegan or paleo!

Double up on the sides – You might be surprised to see how quickly your plate fills up! Broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans, oh my! Give yourself an extra scoop of veggies (your plate should be about 65-80% vegetables).

Watch your alcohol intake – Let’s face it, a great deal of you (myself included) will indulge a bit with the wine and spirits, and that’s okay. But try to keep it to one or two drinks because alcohol damages your beautiful brain cells and leads to premature aging and weight gain. So drink responsibly and remember to have one glass of water with every drink!

Be a great guest – If you’re worried you won’t find enough healthy options at the table that will leave you feeling satisfied, bring something yourself! Bring a deliciously healthy side dish (or two) to share and even dessert!.

Most importantly, enjoy this Thanksgiving and forget counting calories – count your blessings!