Healthy tips for Thanksgiving

Janelle Baldwin
Running turkey

I hope many of you will be able to do the Turkey Trot this year…but if you’re stuck at home cooking or on the road like I am…you might need a substitute! See below for a few exercises you can do anywhere! Doing a few of these before you eat can limit the “extra helpings!” Enjoy your food, it is your fuel…just don’t overdo on anything! Stick with your holiday weight maintenance challenge, too!

Take time to be grateful, as well. Have everyone share three things they are thankful for this Thanksgiving. You can do this out loud around the table. Or, you can provide slips of paper to write them down and toss them in a bowl and then have someone pull a slip and read it out loud. Greatfulness, and focusing on the positive, can really help your overall well-being.

Turkey Burn Body Weight Circuit

  • 50 Jumping Jacks or 15 burpees
  • 20 Squats to a chair
  • 30 second plank
  • 15 lunges
  • 30 Crunches
  • 30 second plank
  • 20 Push Ups – floor or wall
  • 20 squats to a chair
  • 30 second plank
Repeat this body weight circuit 4 times, take 60 – 90 seconds to rest/recover between circuits.

Here are a few healthy substitutes to make this thanksgiving! *Substitute mashed potatoes with whipped cauliflower. *Substitute bread in your stuffing with barley. *Substitute brown sugar and maple syrup in your sweet potatoes with ginger and cinnamon. *Substitute sugar in apple or pumpkin pie with a sugar replacement *Substitute a dessert bar for a fruit kebab or smoothie bar where guests put their own fruit on a stick or pick ingredients for a smoothie.

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