Tips to Help You Enjoy This Thanksgiving

Tips to Help You Enjoy This Thanksgiving
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– HAPPY THANKSGIVING –

I am grateful that our paths crossed. Have a safe and wonderful Holiday!

Today’s post is much different than my former ones. I thought that it would be helpful to share some tips that may help to address some challenges  that many people face during the Holidays.

WEIGHT GAIN:
I know this is often the elephant in the room that many of us dread and try not to speak about – especially during this time of the year.  Yours truly included.

I decided to take a new approach this Holiday season and be proactive. Face my fears head on! I learned recently that my local ShopRite has a nutritionist on staff who is a part of their Live Right program**.  The information I obtained from Allison was invaluable and it was FREE! For instance, she gave me a sheet titled – Managing Holiday Temptations which gave tips on how to maintain control over my eating during the Holidays. I would like to share a couple of them with you:

  • Plan a smaller breakfast and lunch to allow for a few extra indulgences at Holiday get together.
  • Don’t pick but prepare a plate and sit down to eat. It’s easy to over eat when you are grazing at the buffet line.
  • If possible, prepare a healthy dish or dessert and bring it to the celebration so 3568703you have something to fall back on.
  • Focus on enjoying your family and friends, instead of the food.

COPING WITH STRESS AND DEPRESSION: 

  • Learn to say NO. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Most friends and family will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity. However, there will be some people who may not be that understanding and THAT IS OKAY! Part of living a health and authentic life is being true to yourself. 
  • Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or be like previous years. Very few things stay the same. This is especially true as it pertains to families. As children grow, they often have a life of their own and they may not be able to follow family traditions. Be open to creating new ones. Technology has opened the door to new opportunities – for example, you can share pictures, emails or videos.
  • Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions.  Take a walk or listen to soothing music or just restore your inner calm by slowing your breathing and reflect on the many things that you have to be grateful for! 

** To find out if your ShopRite has a nutritionist on staff go to http://www.shoprite.com/dietitians-corner/health-events/ . This shows all the stores that have one.Somerset, NJ ShopRite Nutritionist – Allison Napolitano, 732.356.8703

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