Eating healthy this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is around the corner. Here are some tips oh eating healthy to enjoy the festivities without losing sight of your health goals.

Consistent, but flexible

Nutrition is vital to most fitness goals. Without a balanced diet, no quantity of exercise will etch demonstrable results. And effective nutrition is about consistency, an ability to maintain a steady diet over a long period of time. Somewhat counterintuitively, one of the best ways to stay consistent with a diet is not to deny oneself of occasional cravings. So don’t deny yourself a slice of that pumpkin pie, but do keep those portions balanced.

Keep it moderate

Too much of anything can be harmful to your body. Too much sugar can hurt your body’s ability to process glucose and can lead to long-term difficulty controlling blood sugar content—the hallmark of diabetes. Too many vitamins and your body will overwork itself in filtering out the unused minerals. Too much fat, and the excess is stored for later use. Even too little of something can be bad. Electrolyte imbalance due to sodium, potassium, and magnesium deficiencies can cause a range of problems like muscle weakness and spasms.

The beauty of variety

Variation adds to more than the aesthetic quality of a dish. Eating from several food groups allows you to take in all the necessary nutrients your body needs to function. Some trace vitamins and minerals are also best absorbed in the presence of other food, emphasizing the importance of a diet rich in variation.

Avoiding the empty calories

Everything we consume costs us an amount of calories from our daily calorie “budget.” This budget is different across individuals, but for most adults its about 2,000 calories per day. When considering about whether or not to eat something, weigh all the positives with the caloric cost. A banana, for example, costs about 100 calories with the benefit of fiber, potassium, some protein, and a range of other vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, a can of regular coke costs 150 calories with no significant amount of minerals or vitamins. Keeping empty diet consumption low is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy diet.

Thanksgiving is around the corner. There’s much we have to be thankful for, including our health. Thank your body by eating well. There’s no need to deny yourself a treat this Thursday, but keep it moderate, aim for a wide variety of foods on your plate, and when given the option opt for nutrient-rich foods rather than empty calories.