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Thanksgiving: Top Tips for a Healthy Holiday

On a day when the average American will consume over 4,500 calories according to the Calorie Control Council, it’s vital to have a plan in place if you want to have a great holiday without packing on the pounds. Here’s how you can jump-start your motivation for a healthy and active holiday season.
 

Go green: One of the most important tricks for staying below your Thanksgiving meal's calorie allowance while still feeling full is to put plenty of low-calorie, nutritious vegetables on your plate. Fill up on healthy cooked veggies before digging into anything else on the table it will help keep your appetite at bay, and prevent you from overeating more calorie-rich options down the line.

Track your portions: One serving of the white meat part of a turkey has about 132 calories, while dark turkey meat packs about 145 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To keep the calories down, eat a serving of white meat without the skin. This brings the count to only 119 calories.

Understand how your medications interact with alcohol: Consuming alcohol can reduce blood-sugar levels, leading to poor control of diabetes. It can also intensify the sleep-inducing effect of medications that may cause drowsiness, making it risky to get behind the wheel or use dangerous machinery. People on statins and blood pressure prescriptions should also err on the side of caution and drink moderately

Take time out to socialize: Catch up with friends and family.  Remember that Thanksgiving is not just about food, but about being thankful and enjoying the sense of community. It also has the added benefit of keeping your mind off the dinner table and allows you to try activities like hide-and-seek, arts and crafts among others which will keep the kids entertained, and more importantly, active.

Plan a post-meal walk: As soon as you arrive at your Thanksgiving celebration, announce that you plan to take a walk after the meal. Most likely, some of your family and friends will want to join you. Once you get a few people on board, it'll be tough to bail out. A brisk walk will help you burn some calories and likely put you in the right mindset to turn down a second piece of pumpkin pie!

Don’t forget to use your free USA Rx card at your local pharmacy this holiday season for massive discounts on all FDA approved medications, and from all of us here at USA Rx, have a great thanksgiving!