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Erin's 7 Tips to a Healthy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time as it kicks off the holiday season with gratitude, reflection, friends, family and some delicious food. This Thanksgiving, I'm so grateful for my bakery family, I am grateful for my strong body which carried me through the peaks and valleys of life this year and I'm grateful for my sweet little girl Cookie, my constant companion.

Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

While the busy holiday season approaches I'd like to share with you my tips for a healthy & happy Thanksgiving:

  1. Exercise - Start your day with a brisk morning walk, or a 20 minute workout session. It will help your focus and energy for the rest of the day. Plus you won't feel so bad about eating that slice of pie Aunt Susan made. 
  2. Eat Breakfast - You may be busy prepping the appetizer you have to bring or getting the kids ready for a long drive to grandmas, but eating a hardy breakfast can help jump start your metabolism. If you're thinking about saving room for later... think again. Not eating throughout the day can cause overeating later on.
  3. Hydrate - Although we may not all end up drinking the 2 liters of water per day that we are supposed to... making sure you're hydrated is important. It's easy to mistake hunger pains for dehydration.
  4. Choose Your Sugar - Choose your sugar wisely, eating those delicious desserts with a glass of wine or a sugary cocktail can easily add up when you're not even thinking about it.
  5. Use a Smaller Plate - Pile up those Thanksgiving sides on a smaller plate. Studies show that it will help you eat about 22% fewer calories. You'll feel much better about being in the "clean plate club."
  6. Join the Dish Crew - Help your host out while burning those calories! Research shows that one hour of cleaning the table and washing dishes burns about 100 calories. You'll be sure to be the hit of the party!
  7. Let Yourself be Flexible - Don't forget to enjoy yourself and remember what Thanksgiving is about! Be sure to enjoy friends, food and family!

Check out our Thanksgiving recipes board on Pinterest for healthy ideas and inspiration!

What are you looking forward to most this Thanksgiving? Leave us a comment or tag us on social media using #erinbakers - we love it when we've inspired you!

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