Being Thankful For Good Health! There are many things to be thankful for this holiday season – being with family, enjoying the company of friends, or living in a nice house, for example. If you have good health, you can be especially thankful. While most people think of Thanksgiving and Christmas as a time to overeat and indulge, you can still maintain good eating habits and a healthy lifestyle during the holidays. How to be Thankful and Healthy this Holiday Season Be grateful for the delicious food that everyone worked so hard to provide, but opt for heart-healthy, low calorie, low-fat foods whenever possible. Choose white turkey meat, plain vegetables, mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, no-fat gravy and homemade pumpkin pie. The tryptophan (amino acis) in the turkey will help calm you, in case there is any stress during the holiday meal. Avoid heavy alcohol consumption. Avoid overeating by keeping portion sizes small. A portion of meat is about the size of the palm of your hand; a serving of potatoes is about the size of your fist. Double up on vegetables, which are low in calories, high in nutrients, and fill you up so you will not be tempted to overeat. Make a relish dish of raw vegetables and low fat, low-calorie dip for your home parties, or offer to bring it as a dish to pass. Go out for a walk at least once a day. Invite your friends and family to walk with you – you might be surprised how much further you will go when you walk as a group. Most of all, tell your family how grateful you are to share a meal with them. Share your fondest memories of the people seated at your table as well the memories of those who are no longer with you.