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Thanksgiving – It’s More Than A Meal! How to enjoy the holiday feast without ruining your nutrition and fitness goals.

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what we have while enjoying time with family and friends. This includes a feast: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, bread, pies and much more. According to the Calorie Control Council, Americans may consume more than 4,500 calories during their Thanksgiving meal! That’s just one meal.

Wellness doctors Michele and Mark Sherwood at Functional Medical Institute believe you can celebrate the holidays with friends and family without the extra weight gain and getting sidetracked on nutrition and fitness. 


1.   Plan to succeed. Don’t just eat certain foods because it’s there. Holidays are for spending time with family and loved ones, focus on gratitude.   


2.   Blend in at family dinners when everyone is going back for seconds!

-      Lay the food out wide (versus high) on your plate to give the illusion of more food than there actually is. Want seconds? Eat only veggies on the second trip.

-      Eat slower. Give your body time to decide when it’s full but keep you on the same pace as everyone else.

-      Be sure and drink plenty of water when you eat. Drinking lots of water will make you feel fuller, faster.

3.   No complaining. Avoid saying “I wish I could eat that, but I’m on a diet!” This brings more attention to yourself and concern from your family. It can also be an unintended challenge to get you to change your mind. Remember, you’re spending time with your family to spend time with your family. 

4.   Control your stress. The holidays tend to bring stressors, which is a trigger to overeat. PLAN for stressors, both good and bad, so you don’t feel too overwhelmed.

5. Start new traditions of going to walks and exercising while celebrating family and time off. There are several holiday 5K and 1 mile fun run/walk events to join. The holiday doesn’t have to be all about food.

WHO: Doctors at Functional Medical Institute & Authors of Fork Your Diet: Master the 4 Fundamentals of Good Health

Dr. Michele L. Neil-Sherwood, Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) and Dr. Mark Sherwood, Naturopathic Doctor (ND) run Functional Medical Institute. Their goal is to help people achieve a high level of wellness in every area of their life. Dr. Michele is board-certified in sports medicine and internal medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internal Medicine. Dr. Mark is a motivational speaker who has also developed wellness courses for law enforcement, corporations and churches worldwide.

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