5 tips for a healthy Thanksgiving
Family, friends, traveling, and lots of food. What does that sound like? Yes! That is correct. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Many of us have plans to get together with our family and friends, over eat and watch some football. While this season is something we look forward to all year, it can also be a little detrimental to our health if we are not careful. During this time we want to make sure that you take care of your self so that you can enjoy this holiday to the fullest.
How can Thanksgiving time affect my health?
1- Traveling– Many Americans use this time of the year to visit family and friends. This means more time on car rides, airport lines, lifting luggage, plane rides and sleeping in beds that are not yours. All these put extra stress to your spine that you might not be used to and therefore causing pains and aches.
2- Stress– Even though it is a time of joy, it also comes with some stress. Hosting parties, traveling, dealing with relatives and not sleeping are some factors you might be exposed to during this time that that can stress your body and result in pains and aches. Stress creates stiffness, stiffness creates a misaligned spine, a misaligned spine affects your nervous system and creates pain.
3- Over eating– We all know that Thanksgiving means one thing…. “eat until it hurts.” There is no explanation here. We all know how bad a few extra pounds can be to our body, especially when combined with stress, pains and aches.
4- Less movement- It is very common to get out of your routine and move less when you’re on vacation. Especially if we become “couch potatoes.” The less you move the more stiff and painful your joints become. Add to that a little extra weight from over eating and you have a recipe for back pain.
How can I stay healthy during Thanksgiving?
1- Visitor your chiropractor- Chiropractic care will help your body stay aligned and get ready for what ever comes during Thanksgiving. When your body is completely aligned your nervous system is working at maximum potential decreasing the chances for injury.
2- Eat before your big meal– Fasting until the big meal can lead to over eating. If you make sure you eat your breakfast that morning and snack healthy you make sure you don’t over eat during feast time.
3- Pace yourself- It takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain that it is full. During this time a lot of people over eat. If you pace yourself with your plate you can give a better chance to your stomach to communicate and you get to enjoy your meal.
4- Go for a walk– Getting a little exercise after the meal can help start digestion faster and will help you reduce that belly ache. Get all your guest together and go for a walk and start burning some of those calories you just ate.
5- Stay hydrated– Water can act as an appetite suppressant. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help prevent snacking bites of junk food while everything else is getting ready.
No matter how you decide to celebrate Thanksgiving, always make sure to be safe and most of all be THANKFUL for all the blessings you have! At Vitality Chiropractic we have lots to be thankful for. Our patients that become family, our clinic, and most of all for the gift of being able to help some many people live a healthier and pain free life!
Dr. Juan Caceres