I know it seems like I’ve been a little MIA lately, but in reality, I have been very busy traveling for work and a little for play. Honestly, I don’t even remember Halloween because where I was for a conference there was absolutely no semblance of the spooky holiday. And now, here we are with Thanksgiving just a few days away. So, with that being said, I wanted to reach out to all my fellow wellness peeps and share with you a few thoughts and wishes for a healthy Thanksgiving.
Lately, I’ve been reading and hearing a lot about being grateful. Perhaps it’s the season. Or perhaps when the media blows everything out of proportion or the world appears to be getting meaner, many people are finally starting to realize that we really don’t have it that bad. Truth be told, most of us are very lucky to be healthy, have a good job, and have close friends and family members who love us.
As such, if you haven’t experienced being grateful lately, then here’s a previous post, Being Mindful Beyond Thanksgiving, that will help you put things into perspective. In fact, it’s a great practice to put into place anytime you feel the need to reflect or find peace and balance.
Next, I would like to offer a few suggestions on how you can get active on Thanksgiving Day. I know, I know. After eating all of that yummy food, it’s tempting to curl up on the couch with your sweet Momma and take a snooze. But I promise, if you do one of these activities, not only will it help burn the extra calories, but it will give you time to create wonderful memories. · Take a walk with your family and show them your neighborhood
· Play football, basketball or Frisbee in the yard
· Ask your Grandparents to show you how they used to dance & join in
· Put on some lively music and do some line dancing
· Take your family on a walking tour of your town or city
· Offer to take your younger nieces or nephews to a local park to play
· Challenge your cousins to a pushup or plank challenge
· Ask everyone to go for a bike ride before eating dessert
· Offer to help the hostess hand-wash dishes
See, that list of simple activities doesn’t sound too hard. And I bet if you encourage your family to do them with you, they will be very happy to join you. However, if they need a little convincing, just tell them you’re helping them combat the tryptophan coma from the turkey.
Did Someone Say Pumpkin?
Finally, some of you may be searching for a new recipe to try this year. So, if your family must have something made of pumpkin for Thanksgiving, then check out this previous post, A Healthy & Easy Way to Eat Pumpkin. It’s not the traditional pumpkin pie, but it’s definitely a delicious alternative. Check it out.
Wishing each and every one of you a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving this year.