A Country Thanksgiving

| 11/20/2017 8:40:00 AM

Tags: Country Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving, Stay Healthy, Thanksgiving Tips,

Gina McKnight

Thanksgiving at Monday Creek Stables

It’s almost Thanksgiving and all my neighbors are decorating for Christmas. Seems a little early to me, but with the marketplace full of Christmas items, it’s difficult to avoid the spirit of Christmas. Thanksgiving brings not only holiday decorations, but holiday cookies, party buffets, and seasonal galas. It’s difficult to avoid the pitfalls of enticing and delectable holiday offerings.

There are many tips, tricks, and strategies to avoid temptation. Some are tried and true; others offer nothing but empty resounding words that will not keep you from having an extra piece of grandma’s famous chocolate cream-filled holiday cake.

No matter where you live — city, country, or in-between, we all need to avoid overindulgence. Here are some ideas to help you stay healthy this holiday season.

#1 Decorate your water bottle. Yes, you read that right. Create or purchase a sleeve that fits over an ordinary water bottle that you can carry with you. Place your favorite motivational quotes and pictures on the sleeve to remind you to keep hydrated, while inspiring you to avoid overeating. Keeping hydrated will help you feel full. Decorate the bottle with something seasonal — a small piece of tinsel, or holiday scene — to remind you that the holiday will soon be over, but that extra piece of fruitcake will linger.

11/23/2017 8:22:44 AM

Gina, all good tips for those that want to take charge of eating in there life. Normally, I'm not a big eater during functions but Thanksgiving is a special time. It's definitely not too healthy to over indulge but for an occasional meal, I take off the restrictions. It doesn't seem to be trigger points for me to just keep going with over indulgence. Outside of a meal on special occasions, I track calories diligently and try not to get too far over 2000 a day. Everyone's metabolism is a little different and under 2,000 seems to work for me. My lifestyle is pretty active with gardening and outside yard work most of the year so the exercise requirement might a little higher than some at my age. Thank you so much for sharing your insight into holiday feasting. Nebraska Dave

mother earth news fair 2018 schedule


Next: August 4-5, 2018
Albany, OR

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!