If you or a loved one is dairy-free, allergic to dairy or vegan, some of your favorite Thanksgiving foods may be hazardous to your health. Many Americans are allergic to milk rather than intolerant. If you are one of them, don’t ignore the products that can cause long-term problems to your mind and body. it is possible to be dairy-free this holiday season. » Read more..
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Is your turkey toxic? The food you serve this holiday may do more than pack on a few pounds, they may actually do damage to your brain. Taking a little extra time to make your shopping list and add in a little more chopping time can help you prepare a healthy holiday meal. Chemicals found in some of our most basic turkey dinner treats contain Monosodium glutamate (MSG). MSG a flavor enhancer added to thousands of foods you and your family regularly eat. Its one of the worst food additives out there and hides in many Thanksgiving and holiday meals. » Read more..
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By Emily Roberts MA, LPC
Many of us are under the impression that the Thanksgiving turkey is going to put us into a tryptophan coma; not true, it’s the gorging on high fat, carb-filled foods, along with the turkey that throws your body for a loop, and makes you feel lethargic. Most Americans starve themselves leading up to meal time, increasing the likelihood that they will binge and overdo it on casseroles, stuffing, and candied yams. Here are some tips on how to keep you and your family sane this holiday:
- Breakfast: eat a well balanced breakfast that means protein, carbohydrates, and some good fats. Try Greek yogurt with granola, eggs and toast, a protein shake and a handful of nuts. By eating normally in the morning, our blood sugar is more balanced (keeping your mood and hunger in check) you reduce your carbohydrate cravings later in the day, and are less likely to go back for seconds during your turkey feast.
- Eat Turkey: if you’re a vegetarian, get some protein with your meal (chickpeas, Tofurkey, soy sausage). For a 4 oz serving Turkey has 32 grams of protein. This amount is perfect for keeping your carbohydrate cravings at bay and creating a balanced meal.
- Snack: Especially for kids, bringing balanced and healthy snacks with you to your get together, or providing them if your hosting, will allow kiddos from crashing mid-day, decreasing meltdowns at mealtime, and making us all a little more balanced. A plate of crackers and cheese can go a long way in maintaining your sanity. Try deviled eggs, veggies and hummus, or a cheese plate. Make sure to get a little protein in.
- Don’t Skip Desert: If you’re stuffed, grab a piece and save it for later, however, avoiding it, will only lead you to obsess about it, and crave it later on. Most of our bodies and minds are accustomed to tradition, meaning after our feast eating a slice of pumpkin, pecan or apple pie. Try not to fight your cravings, take a smaller slice or save it for after the dishes.
- If your child/you have a food allergy, bring a desert that is similar to what everyone else is eating. There is nothing worse than looking around and seeing everyone else indulge in a delicious piece of pumpkin pie; gluten free crusts and pies are available
- Veggies: In an ideal world, we would have 1/3 of our plate full of salad, steamed green beans, or squash, however most thanksgiving plates look anything but balanced. Try your best to get some greens on your plate. The nutrients speak for themselves, and the fiber will fill you up before you go back for seconds.
- Be Mindful and Grateful: Think about what you are eating and enjoy each bite. When you are rushing through a meal or focused on a fussy baby, you are more likely to eat in a hurry and not enjoy the process. Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, come up with a list of things in your life that you are grateful for, this can be personal. Encourage your children to do the same. When we sit down our family meal with the gratitude in mind, we are more apt to enjoy our surroundings, even if that means nagging in-laws and holiday stress. What are you thankful for?
Let us know your holiday tips below and have a safe and happy holiday!
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