15 Tips and Tricks to Your Thanksgiving Recovery Plan from 15 Tips and Tricks to Your Thanksgiving Recovery Plan

15 Tips and Tricks to Your Thanksgiving Recovery Plan

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15 Tips and Tricks to Your Thanksgiving Recovery Plan

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It’s important to be proactive and start forming your Thanksgiving recovery plan now rather than waiting until after.

Set a goal, plan to get moving and break a sweat the morning after Thanksgiving. Sign up for a group fitness class before the holiday, this way you are motivated to hold yourself accountable. Exercising in the morning will help eliminate stress, boost your metabolism, improve your mood, and reduce fatigue.

Getting back on track to your normal eating schedule may be a challenge. This is why Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City, says that you should start your day with a meal that includes protein, healthy fat, and fiber to help keep you satiated.

Eat a healthy breakfast

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“Get back on a normal eating schedule by starting your day with a meal that includes protein, healthy fat, and fiber to help keep you satiated,” Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City, says. “My go-to is low-fat plain Greek yogurt with berries, nuts, and whole-grain cereal.”

Keep fruit on the counter

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“Fill that fruit bowl with oranges, apples, pears, you name it,” Gorin says. Research shows that having this in sight may make you more likely to make healthier choices, she adds. "You can repurpose a pretty pie plate in lieu of a fruit bowl.”

Go outside

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The first thing you should do the morning after Thanksgiving is go outside. Soak up the sunshine on a leisurely walk around a park, or simply sit outside in the sun and relax. The more time you spend in the sun, the more vitamin D your body will produce. This ultimately leads to a healthier heart, stronger bones, boosted immunity, and reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes and cancer.

Place cut veggies in the fridge

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Make sure that you place them in the fridge and put them front and center so that you’re tempted to reach for these when opening the fridge for a snack (and seeing all those leftover Thanksgiving goodies), Gorin says.

Do something soothing for yourself

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Especially if you hosted Thanksgiving, it’s likely you need some relaxation. “Take a yoga class, or sip a cup of herbal tea,” Gorin says.

Switch to water

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"No matter if you drank cocktails or wine last night, stick to water from here on out,” Gorin says. “It helps curb your appetite and can help you debloat. When you feel thirsty, you’re already 1 to 2 percent dehydrated, so be proactive by carrying a water bottle with you.”

Work out right away

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Work out first thing on the morning of Thanksgiving. It will help get your heart rate up, boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories throughout the day. Exercising in the morning has also been shown to help reduce stress, eliminate fatigue, and improve mood.

Make some healthy sides

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Gorin says that “it’s fine to eat leftover Thanksgiving food, but add some veggies to your plate.” She explains that you should eat “non-starchy sides like steamed broccoli or spinach and mushrooms sautéed in low-sodium vegetable broth.” Also consider Wholly Guacamole and whole-grain tortilla chips as your pre-dinner snack.

Have a healthy dessert

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One of Gorin’s go-tos is a fruit-based ice cream made with frozen wild blueberries. She says that “these berries have more than double the antioxidants of conventional blueberries and have a sweet and tangy taste.” Gorin uses them, along with frozen bananas, to make a fruit-based “nice cream.”

Meditate

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This time of the year calls for stress, there is no denying it. Whether you’re hosting or attending, it’s likely you will feel overwhelmed during the holidays. Recovering from Thanksgiving will be nearly impossible if you are stressed. One of the best things that you can do to reduce these feelings is mediation. It helps your emotional well-being and improves your overall health by alleviating feelings of anxiety, rejuvenating you, and improving your concentration.

Keep snacks in your purse

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“If you’re shopping those Black Friday sales, you’ll need healthy fuel on the go,” Gorin says. “Skip the food court snacks and instead stash nuts, fruit, or fruit-and-nut bars in your purse.”

Soothe with hot beverages

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“Low-calorie foods can be soothing,” Gorin says. Swap out your eggnog for a cup of herbal tea or some hot water with a slice of lemon. Green tea is a great option, it helps boost your metabolism and aids in weight loss.

Book your fitness class

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Sign up for a group fitness class before the Friday after Thanksgiving, this way you are forcing yourself to honor your commitment. Some of the best group fitness classes of 2016 include Barre, spinning, and Zumba.

Start your meal with a salad or broth-based soup

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“Studies show that beginning your meal with these water-based foods can help you eat less at that meal,” Gorin says.

Go easy on the wine

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Although red wine has numerous health benefits, drinking too much may harm your waistline. According to SELFNutritionData, one serving of red wine contains 125 calories. Over consumption of alcohol may also lead to a restless night sleep and morning hangover.