It’s tough to deny the fact that food has become a central theme of modern-day Thanksgiving celebrations.
Yes—the holiday is about family, gratitude and much more, but food is often the first thing that comes to mind. So it’s only natural that the holiday typically marked by overeating, drinking and lots of delicious pie tends to drum up concern in those trying to stick to a healthy diet.
After all, even the strongest will power tends to waver in the face of stuffing and creamy mashed potatoes. But the good news is that you can still enjoy classic Thanksgiving staples while sticking to a healthy diet. And in the event that you overdo it, there are a few things you can do to get back on the right track.
We consulted dietitians, nutritionists and doctors to get the scoop on Thanksgiving recovery. These are the things you should do on Thanksgiving and the day after to recover the right way.
The Day of Thanksgiving
Here’s what to do on Thanksgiving Day to avoid the holiday hangover.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
“Trying to undo thanksgiving is going to be a whole lot harder than keeping the holiday under control,” said Shaina Simhaee, a holistic nutritionist and editor of FastBeets.com. “I advise my clients to eat a balanced breakfast the day of the holiday. Even though most Thanksgiving dinners start in the earlier part of the day, getting your breakfast in can be a huge calorie saver. By eating a solid breakfast you curb your hunger and won’t wind up overeating during the holiday meal.”