I love Thanksgiving. It provides a much needed long weekend away from classes, and it allows me to spend time with my family. We all bond over watching football and eating delicious food, while reminiscing over the past year. Today I wanted to give some great advice on how you can enjoy the beginning of the holiday season while also emphasizing wellness in your lifestyle.

Stay Active
This is the one I have most trouble with when it comes to holidays and vacations. I find myself sleeping in late and having family obligations all day and all night. This can be easily fixed by waking up a bit earlier than usual and doing a light work out to prepare you for the long day ahead. It can be as short as 20 minutes! But getting out and waking your body up will translate to an increased mood and better feeling overall.

Tip: Find a Turkey Trot in your area and recruit family members to join you!

Watch what you eat
It is so important to be mindful of what, and how much, you eat during thanksgiving. It is such a food-centric holiday that many people (myself included) can get lost in the type and the amount of food being consumed. Research shows that when given a smaller plate to use, people eat less calories on average. You also want to be mindful of the problem foods such as mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and stuffing. These are all delicious, but if you aren’t careful, you could be on serving number 4 before you know it. Beer is another Thanksgiving favorite, but just remember that an average 12 liter can has 150 calories, those can add up quick.

Tip: Eat a light breakfast when you wake up. It will fuel your morning workout as well as curb some of your appetite, which means your first serving won’t be as massive.

Thanksgiving isn’t about restricting yourself or feeling bad about how much you ate, but it can be very beneficial to think before eating. Get out and toss a football around, get a good night sleep, and enjoy the time you have with your loved ones. The holidays are a time to be happy and be well, so make the best of it!

-Ben Eccles

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