Staying Fit With SOMA 11/23
Having a Happy& Healthy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving this year might look a little different but no matter what its important that we have a healthy and safe day! Here are some useful tips that will allow you to enjoy Thanksgivings while staying safe, healthy and not losing sight of your fitness goal.
Do Something Active During The Day-
- Just because your going to eat potatoes doesn’t mean you should be a couch potato! Do your regular gym session, go for a walk, run, bike, hike, or play catch football (socially distant)!
- Sign Up for the Special Olympics Massachusetts Virtual turkey trot and run, walk, or bike wherever you are this holiday! (Use promo code TurkeyTrot for $15 off registration)
Have a healthy, hearty breakfast in the morning-
- Fasting all day before the big meal leads to binge eating. By starting your day with a healthy breakfast you set your blood sugar and energy levels up for a steady flow, which can ultimately help curb cravings. A healthy, hearty breakfast’s should contain foods high in fiber, loaded with fruits or vegetables, and of course, protein. Some examples of a hearty healthy breakfast: oatmeal, fruits, nuts, (hard-boiled) eggs, and vegetables (omelets with veggies in it).
Serve / Snack on the Healthy Stuff-
- Instead of eating frozen, processed snacks, which are most likely high in sodium and have no nutritional value, focus on vegetables with healthy dips/ hummus for a healthier alternative.
Remember the Healthy Plate Model-
- When creating your dinner plate, start with the vegetables, like squash, turnips, green beans, carrots, or salad. These should take up half your plate. Next is the lean protein, like turkey, which should take up a quarter of your plate (size of a deck of cards). The last quarter of your plate is reserved for fiber-rich carbohydrates (mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams or a roll).
Be Mindful When Choosing Your Drinks-
- Drinking water is important to do every day, but it’s even more significant during the holidays. Did you know dehydration can lead to increased cravings, particularly for sugar? If you love soda or other high calorie drink, limit yourself to one with dinner. Soda is high in calories and sugar which should be saved for that slice of pie!
Portions/ Picking your Favorites-
- When it comes to dessert, thinking about your portions and picking a favorite will help prevent you from over-indulging without missing out on your seasonal favorites. Pick one dessert that is your absolute favorite and just enjoy a serving of that one!
Remember COVID Regulations & Guidelines-
- Wash your hands
- Wear a mask when you aren’t eating
- Keep 6 ft from one another
- Limit gatherings- Follow the Massachusetts rules and regulations about indoor gathering numbers!