Despite our love of spinning and dark leafy greens, come Thanksgiving, our healthy habits tend to fall by the wayside. (Though we do consider mashing those potatoes an arm workout.) But as we get older and wiser, we recognize the value in balancing out all that indulgence. We tapped Eric Helms, founder of Juice Generation and Cooler Cleanse, for tips on making this year’s holiday our healthiest yet. And no, you don’t have to skip the gravy. Click through for easy ways to feel great on and after Thanksgiving.
On Turkey Day
- Work up a sweat: Helms says, “Start the day with a good workout to help set the stage for a healthy day. Go for a walk, a bike ride or even a swim.” Bonus: You’ll be hungry when it comes time to feast!
- Start with a juice: “Giving your body a juice the morning of will help you to digest the rest of your food that day,” says Helms. “It will rev up your metabolism and give you the nutrients you need.” Note: Helms isn’t talking about cranberry cocktail — look for a freshly pressed fruit or veggie juice. We’re fans of green juice with kale, apple, ginger, lemon, and celery.
- De-puff and reenergize: Don’t start your day with leftover stuffing and gravy. Instead, load up on de-bloating foods like watermelon and pineapple.
- Drink smart: Sip mint tea or ginger tea, both of which have natural calming and digestive properties. Helms also says to remember to hydrate, either with regular water or coconut water.
- Optional juice cleanse: Helms says that the day after the big feast is a great time to start a cleanse. “During a juice cleanse, you ease the digestive process by replacing regular meals with delicious, fresh-pressed vegetable and fruit juices, raw coconut water elixirs, and silky smooth nut milk blends.”
Before you head off on holiday, read our Survival Kit: Turkey Day — everything you need to survive the holiday with your style intact.