Healthy Options for Thanksgiving

While I’m over here in France, I’m missing Thanksgiving (because they don’t celebrate over here)!

Finding a whole turkey in Metz is almost impossible so we have reservations at Max & Moritz in Luxembourg as they have a prefixed American style Thanksgiving menu. *Gasp, the horror of not having a home-cooked meal, but perks are that I don’t have to make it or clean up afterword.

However, my point here is not to say I’m jealous of my American friends being with family, watching football while eating turkey and pies (but yes, I’m just a little jealous). My blog today is to encourage 8 healthier choices you can make and do this Holiday and through the rest of the year.

  1. Eat a hearty and healthy breakfast (eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, fruits, etc). Don’t go to dinner on an empty stomach thinking you can eat more that way, in fact, you will more than likely overeat.
  2. Do a turkey trot race in the morning or if running isn’t your thing, take a walk with the family before and again after dinner.
  3. See if you can substitute healthier options for your dishes like low sodium chicken broth, fruit purée instead of oil, plain yogurt instead of heavy creams, etc.
  4. Drink a lot of water before and during the meal. Enjoy some wine or a cocktail or two but have a glass of water between each drink to stay hydrated and full.
  5. Fill 2/3 of your plate with fruits and veggies. Reminder: this does not include cranberry sauce which is full of sugar, so limit that so you can enjoy some dessert.
  6. Leave the dinner table after eating. Sitting around talking at the table will tempt you to continue eating.
  7. Enjoy your friends and family and let them know why you’re grateful and thankful this year. This will put out positive vibes for you and the people you are with.
  8. Don’t stress! Don’t focus on weight loss but rather a maintenance. Don’t beat yourself up if you’ve made over-indulgent choices. The holidays are a time to be enjoyed, so do what makes you happiest!

I’m thankful for all of you, my friends, family, supporters. This little blog life has given me a healthy outlet. I enjoy giving wellness advice and keeping you updated on what part of the world I’m venturing off to next. I’m thankful for Julien for putting up with me for a year and extending his home to become our home. I’m thankful for his family taking me in as one of their own. I’m thankful for my friends and family that I keep in touch with on social media, iMessage, FaceTime and WhatsApp to allow me to still feel like I have a piece of home back in the US. I’m thankful for new friends being patient with me on my painstakingly slow Franglish progress. I’m thankful I have the ability to travel.

The world might seem scary, but if you look within yourself and find the good, it’s not so bad.


Happy Thanksgiving!!

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