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Thanksgiving Health Tips for Women Over 50

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to express gratitude and spend quality moments with loved ones. While indulging in delicious food is part of the celebration, it’s essential to keep your health in mind, especially if you’re a woman over 50. As we age, our bodies undergo various changes that require special attention. In this blog post, I’ll share some valuable health tips and simple ways to practice them to help you enjoy a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

Start The Day Right

Begin your Thanksgiving morning with a healthy and hearty breakfast. Opt for a balanced meal that includes fiber, protein, and healthy fats. This will keep you satisfied and less likely to overindulge later in the day.

pumpkin oatmeal

Be Healthy Enough TIP: Prep Slow Cooker Pumpkin Oatmeal

The night before, make up slow-cooker pumpkin oatmeal so it’s ready to go. Add in some protein powder or a side of bacon or sausage, and your hunger hormones will be working in your favor all day.

Here is the recipe Slow Cooker Pumpkin Oatmeal

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can sometimes be mistaken for hunger. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay properly hydrated. This will help regulate your appetite and support your body’s functions

water bottles

Be Healthy Enough TIP: Sip Water All Day

Fill up 2 or 3 water bottles that equal about 64 oz and sip all day. Make it a contest with yourself to get it all in or set an alarm on your phone.

Here is a blog post I wrote on 5 Ways To Drink More Water

Here is my favorite water bottle today Water Bottle With Time Marker

Make Healthier Choices

Thanksgiving dishes can be both delicious and nutritious. Load up your plate with vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Turkey is an excellent source of lean protein, and the side dishes like roasted vegetables and whole-grain stuffing can be tasty and healthy choices.

ideal plate

Be Healthy Enough TIP: Fill Your Plate With Veggies First

Then protein and what’s leftover…enjoy.

Learn my simple process to create YOUR ideal plate. Grab it here IDEAL PLATE GUIDE

Limit Sugary Beverage and Alcohol. Many holiday gatherings feature sugary drinks like soda and cocktails. Instead, choose healthier alternatives like sparkling water with a twist of lemon or herbal teas. Moderation is key when it comes to alcoholic beverages.

Watch Your Dessert Intake too. It’s hard to resist the allure of Thanksgiving desserts, but they tend to be high in sugar and calories. Instead of indulging in multiple desserts, choose a small portion of your favorite treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Stay Active

Don’t forget to incorporate physical activity into your Thanksgiving day. A post-meal walk with family or friends can help with digestion and burn off some of those extra calories. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise to keep your metabolism and energy levels up.


Be Healthy Enough TIP: Plan some exercise

Plan to take a walk in the morning with friends. Our neighborhood does an annual Turkey Trot and it’s a great way to get your steps in before the day even starts.

Read my latest blog post Walking Your Way to Health and Happiness: The Benefits of Walking Over 50

Or Join me for a Walk and Learn: Benefits of Walking Over 50

Manage Stress

Thanksgiving can sometimes be stressful, especially if you’re the one hosting the celebration. Manage stress by taking breaks, deep breathing, and finding moments of relaxation. A calm and peaceful mind will contribute to your overall well-being.

Things getting a bit tough? Try this 3 Part Breath Technique

Express Gratitude For Your Health

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things we are thankful for. Be sure to express gratitude for your health and well-being. Taking care of yourself is the greatest gift you can give, not only to yourself but to your loved ones as well.

In Summary

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and enjoy the company of friends and family, Thand it’s entirely possible to do so while still prioritizing your health. These Thanksgiving health tips for women over 50 are designed to help you have a happy and wholesome holiday season. Remember, it’s not just about the food; it’s about being grateful for your health and the precious moments you spend with your loved ones. So, this Thanksgiving, take care of yourself and enjoy the festivities to the fullest!

For more Thanksgiving health tips and guidelines, visit the CDC’s Thanksgiving Health and Safety Tips.

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