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How To Plan a Stress Free Thanksgiving Celebration

November 14, 2011

Here are some tips to help you plan a Thanksgiving celebration that will leave you feeling good in body, mind and spirit, from planning through to clean-up.

1) Plan ahead to reduce stress

heart healthy thanksgivingPlanning ahead helps make sure that you will have less to worry about as the day approaches. But that’s not the only way to reduce stress. Keep in mind what the holiday is about, and just stay focused on what you’re thankful for—your family, your health, etc. Don’t let yourself get caught up in stuff that doesn’t really matter. 

2) Get some exercise to reduce stress

As you prepare for the big event, taking walks and making sure you’re moving your body will help keep stress in check. Stepping away from the project at hand is actually good for you, and getting outside and in touch with nature will help refresh your enthusiasm for the season.

3) Eat Healthy & Plan Healthy

Knowing you have a big, delicious feast coming up, you can plan to eat light and heart healthy in preparation. That way, you won’t feel so guilty when you do get to enjoy some special dishes and desserts! Planning for a healthy Thanksgiving meal ahead of time allows you to gather things like spices and herbs so you don’t have to wait until the last minute. Plus you can scout out which shops have the best selection of autumn produce. You may even have time to try out a few recipes and test them on your family!

4) Plan Ahead for Cleaning Fun

What might make the clean-up portion more fun for you? Great music? Good wine? Dark Chocolate? New fuzzy slippers and a super cute apron? Make sure you include them on your shopping list!