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How to Stay Healthy Over Thanksgiving

A time to be with loved ones, eat family favorite dishes and express our gratitude. That's right: I'm talking about Thanksgiving. Along with all the wonderful things this holiday brings, it unfortunately can come with stress, unwanted pounds and feeling run down and sluggish. Add travel on top of that for some. However, if you're smart, you can stay on track and have happy and healthy holidays.

In no particular order, here are my best tips to still indulge, still have a wonderful time and still feel amazing throughout it all. We're going to watch out for the "B, L, T's" (bites, licks and tastes), stay active (Turkey Trot is a great idea!), and try to slow down. With the proper hydration, proper sleep and staying mindful, you just can't go wrong. It's as easy as pumpkin pie! Remember, our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. Let's get started.

Drink More Water

No surprise here. You've heard it before and you'll hear it again, but it's one of the best and easiest things you can do. Start your day by polishing off two huge glasses of water, especially during a holiday like Thanksgiving. Your goal is to drink half your body weight in ounces. Example: If you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces. It may sound a bit much, but it's necessary. Remember, you can flavor your water, if that helps.

Eat a Healthy Breakfast and Don't Skip Your Meals

During the holidays, people often think saving all their calories for the "big" meal is a fantastic idea. Sorry to break it to you, but this is not a good idea at all. It will just make you moody; you'll overeat and, as a result, feel awful. It's never a good idea to not eat. This will only backfire and make you feel worse physically and mentally. Instead, start your day with a superstar breakfast. Great examples include oatmeal, eggs, high-fiber cereal, smoothies and green drinks. Again, most people try to save calories during the holidays – but I recommend packing a snack and having something to eat before the big feast. Also, bring your own dish if you really want to have this nailed. There's nothing wrong with bringing in a veggie tray with hummus or fruit. This will help curb temptation to indulge, and it will also keep your energy levels high.

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