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Healthy Eating at Thanksgiving

Martial Arts requires you to make changes to your everyday lives. One of those changes should be in your daily diet. We recommend that you nourish your body with healthy foods to help strengthen and energize your body and mind.

Here are a few tips you can use during the Thanksgiving holiday to stay on track with healthy eating:

  1. Stay Active

Continue practicing your martials arts skills over the break. This will ensure you continue to exercise and burn calories with body movement. At Mount Everest Karate Studio we begin our classes with a quick warm-up and stretching routine. Ask your kids to lead this routine at home and have the whole family join in!

2. Eat Breakfast

Begin your day with a nutritious meal. Add protein and fiber to your breakfast to help control your appetite. You can have a small but satisfying breakfast by including an egg and whole wheat toast. This will help you not over indulge at your main Thanksgiving meal.

3. Lighten Up

You can modify recipes to become a healthier one just by reducing the amount of fat, sugar and calories used when preparing. We recommend using non-processed foods by using fresh produce!

4. Smaller Portions

When plating all of the bountiful and beautiful food that we are presented with on Thanksgiving, reduce your portion size. Don't waste your calories on foods that you can have all year long. Instead fill your plate with small portions of your holiday favorites that only come around once a year.

5. Skip the Seconds

If you resist the temptation to go back for seconds, you are more likely to enjoy the leftovers the next day. If you limit yourself to one plate, you are less likely to overeat and save that extra room for dessert. Keep in mind with those smaller portions you can enjoy a larger variety of your holiday favorites, while enjoying whatever you like!

6. Slow Down and Savor

Eating slower and tasting each mouthful is one of the easiest ways to enjoy your meal and feel more satisfied. We recommend that you place your fork down between bites, helping you accomplish this tip. Also, by taking sips of water throughout the meal help you accomplish the feeling of fullness much faster.

7. Focus on Family and Friends

Oftentimes we focus on food around the holidays and forget what the true holiday is about. It is a time to celebrate with friends and family. The main event should be family and friends socializing, spending quality time together, and not just the food.

We want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from Mount Everest Karate Studio!

We are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of your child's life!

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