Thanksgiving is the holiday for giving thanks for what we have, spending time with friends and family. But it’s also the holiday often associated with excessive amounts of food! Everyone knows that a Thanksgiving meal is often laden with sugary and carb-loaded goodies and many overindulge and consume more in this one meal than they normally do in a whole day. But have you ever noticed how you feel after this extravagant meal? Most feel groggy and tired and maybe so full you feel sick. Yes, it’s fine to splurge on holiday foods, but making a few healthy changes to your Thanksgiving routine could mean you’ll feel better and more Thankful in the end!
Here are some helpful healthy Thanksgiving Day tips!
Eat breakfast: Breakfast is often called the “most important meal of the day.” This is especially true on Thanksgiving! It may seem counterproductive to eat a hearty breakfast before a large Thanksgiving feast, but eating something in the morning can help you keep portions smaller at the big meal. Breakfast will also keep you energized enough to get kitchen task done and entertain your guests. Try having some scrambled eggs, a small omelet with veggies, or fruit with greek yogurt. The protein will keep you full all morning and keep you from feeling ravenous once dinner is served.
Get off the couch: No you don’t have to work off every morsel you eat! But keeping in mind that the typical Thanksgiving meal weighs in at about 3,000 calories you may want to incorporate some physical activity to your day to avoid weight gain. Even just a short 10 minute walk before and after the meal not only wards of winter pounds but boosts your energy and confidence levels!
Try some healthy alternatives: We all have our favorite traditional holiday dishes that we are reluctant to change. You don’t have to change all your dishes to healthier alternatives, but try substituting healthier options in a few side dishes. Maybe have mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes this year. Or try making your own mushroom cream soup for the green bean casserole instead of the processed canned soup version.
Here at Family First, we always strive to help you be the BEST you you can be, but also have fun doing it. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and we hope that you remember everything you have to be thankful for this holiday season!
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Decreases Mind-Clouding Pain
One reason that chiropractic care can help mental health is by decreasing any physical pain that may be clouding the mind. As anyone with chronic pain can attest to, this discomfort can have a serious impact on mood and mental health. As the spine becomes aligned and pain decreases, anxiety and depression sprouting from pain are proven to lessen throughout treatment.
Decreases Chronic Pain, a Common Cause of Depression
When chronic pain is a part of your daily life, not only is it hard to focus but suddenly you are no longer feeling well enough to be social and take part in activities you once loved. Studies have proven that depression occurs at a rate of three to four times higher in those with chronic pain when compared to their healthier peers. The cycle of chronic pain and depression can continue on and on unless it is broken. Regular chiropractic adjustments have proven to decrease pain, depression and anxiety and allow for a healthier (mentally and physically) existence.
Changes Misalignments Which Impact the Nervous System
Our moods are regulated by our body’s chemistry. This chemistry in your organs as well as your brain is all regulated by the nervous system. Misalignment of the spine (specifically the first, second or third vertebrae) can cause pressure in the area of the brain steam which can cause interference neurologically and chemically. Often people turn to medications that are used to alter their brain chemistry but those looking for a non-medication therapy often find that re-aligning these vertebrae can do wonders for their mental state.
Kelly and Luke Long
Kelly has been coming to our office for 10+ years and is such a faithful patient. She has shared her love of chiropractic with her whole family and we are able to help them stay healthy! We have loved getting to know her on a personal basis and she has become like family!
Luke has been a patient since he was a baby and his first adjustment was a few days after he was born! Kelly knows the importance of bringing her son in for maintenance visits especially when it’s flu/cold season to boost his immune system. He always brings a fun energy to the office and we love seeing him each week!
For the whole month of November, our office will have a Gratitude Tree for you to practice what you are thankful for. When you stop in for your adjustment, make sure to place a leaf on the tree and reflect on the many blessings we have! Read what others have to say as well!
This is a great thing to practice even on a daily basis – have you read our article about A Dose of Gratitude and how to incorporate that into your daily life?
Maria has been with us at Family First for 10 Years and we are going to the happiest place on earth to celebrate her – Disney World!!!
Our office will be closed Monday, November 9 – Wednesday, November 11 as our whole staff will be going. We will reopen Thursday, November 12 from 7:30-10, 3-5:45 and Friday, November 13 we will be open longer hours from 7:30-3:00pm.
Our spines don’t take breaks like we humans do, so make sure to get your adjustments in before we are gone and after we get back!
Next time you see Maria wish her a “Happy 10 Year!”
We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
What if there was a solution so simple that involved nothing more than feeling thankful for the good things in your life? In fact, there is. That solution is called gratitude. Studies have shown that people who regularly practice feeling thankful have a leg up when it comes to their health.
Who wouldn’t want to try it? To get started giving thanks, consider integrating some of the steps below into your daily life:
Focus Attention Outward:
Your attitude plays a large role in determining whether you can feel grateful in spite of life’s challenges. Research suggests that those who are more aware of the positive in their lives tend to focus their attention outside of themselves.
Be Mindful of What You Have:
You may assume that those with more material possessions have more to be grateful for. It’s not how much you have, but how you feel about what you have that makes the difference.
Keep a Gratitude Journal:
Recording what you feel grateful for in a journal is a great way to give thanks on a regular basis. Try listing five things on a daily basis that you’re thankful for and see how much more optimistic you find yourself!
Reframe Situations as Positive:
The next time you find yourself complaining about life’s hassles, see if you can mentally “flip the switch” to frame things differently. For example, rather than getting down about missing an opportunity, try to see the positive side about the situation.
If you are a parent, you want to maximize the health of your child. To achieve that goal, as much as possible, you try to feed your child a healthy diet of nourishing foods, maintain a bedtime routine to allow adequate sleep, and ensure that your child gets plenty of exercise. These are all ways to help a child grow up healthy and strong. In addition to these measures, regular chiropractic adjustments are a natural compliment to your parenting routines. In fact, most parents state that their children experience a better level of health while receiving routine chiropractic care.
Your child will benefit from regular chiropractic care at any age starting from infancy. Beginning with birth, the milestones of a baby’s early life, including gaining mobility, learning to sit, and taking first steps (and falls), can all cause stress on a child’s spine and nervous system, which can manifest in many ways, including colic and sleep disruptions. Chiropractic adjustment can alleviate the stress on the spine and improve on these issues. In addition, a Doctor of Chiropractic can also help care for more acute childhood issues, such as ear infections, allergies, and asthma. While your chiropractor does not diagnose or treat specific conditions, she can help locate and correct misalignments of the spine that affect the body’s ability to function optimally, helping to improve many of these conditions naturally.
As your child ages, she or he is likely to become more active, whether hanging from the monkey bars with friends, biking through the neighborhood, or running around the soccer field. While these activities are fun and healthy, the routine bumps and jostles that your child receives while playing may cause misalignments in the spine. Often, a child may show no signs of pain or discomfort, but the stress on the spine may affect her body’s ability to function now or in the future. By visiting a chiropractor regularly, your child can receive adjustments that will relieve tension in the spine and allow her body to continue to grow and develop properly.
You or your child may be nervous about her first visit to the chiropractor, but there is nothing to worry about. In fact, most parents state that their children enjoy and look forward to their adjustments. During your child’s first visit, your chiropractor will take a case history and then perform a chiropractic exam to determine where stress may be affecting the spine. If the doctor determines that an adjustment is needed, the procedures will be tailored to your child’s size, weight, and spinal condition. Whether you are the parent to a newborn or teenagers, regular chiropractic care can help maximize your child’s potential.
 Ohm, J. (2005). Why should children have chiropractic care? ICPA. Retrieved from http://icpa4kids.org/Wellness-Articles/why-should-children-have-chiropractic-care/All-Pages.html