Did you wake up from a post-Thanksgiving food coma this morning? You’re not alone! According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American chows down on more than 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving dinner alone. That’s almost three times the amount the average person should eat in one day. Instead of throwing in the towel and giving up on a healthy holiday routine, here are a few things you can do to get back on track:
Don’t beat yourself up. While binge-eating isn’t a healthy behavior, indulging once a year on some of your favorite holiday flavors isn’t the worst thing you could do to your body. Instead of feeling sad or guilty, resolve to eat better today.
Be honest. Chances are good your blood sugar levels aren’t where you’d like them to be. However, it’s still important to record them in your blood sugar log. This will not only hold you accountable, but it will also help you when it comes to identifying trends and patterns in your sugar data.
Get moving. Make use of those extra calories and start moving. Need a place to get started? Sneak away from the guests and go for a walk. Just one mile burns around 100 calories. Tackling that mess in the kitchen works, too. You can burn up to 119 calories for every half hour of cleaning. Or, get the family involved. Head outside for a game of football, take the dog for a walk, or take a stroll through the mall. It’ll help control your blood sugar, too.
Go easy on the leftovers. Your taste buds may be craving that last slice of pecan pie, but your body is saying no-way. When it comes to taking down what’s left of the Thanksgiving feast, stick to some of the lighter options. A piece of white meat turkey has less than 190 calories and 35g of protein. Scout out some veggies to put on the side–plain sweet potatoes and green beans will do the trick–for a well-balanced meal.
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