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  • Karen McPhail, RN, MSN

Happy Thanksgiving- Dining During the Holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and to celebrate with friends and family! It is the official start of the holiday season and a time of entertaining, parties, and often times a little bit of over indulgence. Everyone clearly needs to be mindful of eating a balanced diet and exercising daily, but the holiday season is a time to relax a bit and enjoy some of the festive foods and events!

Try to follow these dining guidelines to ensure a wonderful holiday season and new year:

Remember everything in moderation! Try to eat balanced meals throughout the season. On the day of a holiday still eat a regular healthy breakfast and lunch so that you do not overeat later. Even when busy or entertaining stay hydrated by keeping a glass out as a reminder to maintain healthy hydration. Stick to your usual healthy portion sizes while dining and try to limit your sugar and salt intake. Maintain balance! If you are on a special diet ensure that you stick to the guidelines. Inform your host prior to coming as holiday meals can be fun, festive, and healthy!!! Even desserts can be modified in a successful and mindful way with proper planning! Remember to exercise throughout the holiday season as usual - stick to your routine and you will have fun and feel terrific!

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