With Thanksgiving almost upon us, we wanted to share a few ways to help you stick with your wellness goals while still enjoying the tastiness this season has to offer. Below you will find 4 tips and 3 recipes to keep you on this side of an unwanted holiday binge.
Thanksgiving has a way of enticing our eyes into being bigger than our stomachs. All that delicious food on display, and we go savage and stock up like it’s the last time we’ll eat a turkey leg. It sounds silly, but eating less means you’re consuming fewer calories. Even if you’re noshing on pumpkin pie, do your body a favor by eating only one slice instead of your typical four (or maybe we’re the only ones with that bad habit!).
Practical pointer: Pick a smaller plate if you can, or just avoid heaping food onto the rim of your plate. The empty space on the edges of that plate is tempting and full of danger.
Cut Back on the Fat
Who doesn’t love cheesy casseroles and Crisco-infused baked goods? Your veins, that’s who. You’ve probably heard that all that fatty food is bad for your heart. Well, it’s bad for your eyes for the same reason. Michelle Calder, O.D., from Urban Optiques in Northville, MI, says, “A diet too rich in fat can lead to the building up of plaque on your veins, and—to be more specific—your retinal vein. This can cut off blood supply to your retina, possibly leading to glaucoma and macular edema, which is fluid leaking in the retina.” Ewww!
Practical pointer: Don’t totally deprive yourself. Maybe skip the cheese casserole but treat yourself to a modest portion of gravy and mashed potatoes (emphasis on the word modest).
You know we’re big on fitness, and that’s especially true when we’ve eaten ourselves into a food coma. What better and faster way to shed those calories than enjoying a post-turkey stroll with the fam? Dr. Calder says, “Exercising regularly can reduce your risk of developing wet AMD by roughly 70%.” That’s a lot, people! Additionally, “Research shows that the risk of AMD goes down by roughly 30% in people who walk more than 12 blocks regularly,” says Dr. Calder.
Practical Pointer: Pack some warm, walking clothes before heading to your holiday shindig and have your family and friends do the same. After the meal, propose you all take your conversation to the streets – and stroll!
Abandoning a traditional menu can earn you some weird looks from your guests, but we’re totally fine with taking the blame for healthier, although unexpected, alternatives. The options are endless, but here are some of our faves:
Mashed sweet potatoes – These spuds have a similar texture to normal mashed potatoes, but just as much flavor and wayyyy more eye-healthy nutrients!
Pumpkin flan – If you’re sick of being in charge of baking pumpkin pie every year, try flan instead! It’s lighter than pie and is served in smaller portions, so you won’t feel as gross after you indulge.
Green bean casserole – Ok, so this one’s pretty traditional on the outside, but much better for you on the inside. Your guests will welcome the familiar façade, and their cholesterol levels will give you a silent salute for sparing them all the fat and sodium that normally comes in this time-approved dish.The content of this article is for general informational awareness purposes only. Please consult your eyecare doctor or physician for actual advice. [yop_poll id=”24″]