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Published on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Metro Health Shares ¡Viva Health! Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving Day

Health registered dietitians share their tips for a healthier turkey day for you and your family

SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 21, 2017) – Thanksgiving, beyond the historical significance, is also associated with over-eating - whether attending more than one get-together or having second and third servings, on this day the turkey is not the only one feeling stuffed. With that in mind the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is sharing some tips to help you and your family make healthy choices this thanksgiving day.

  • Use simple substitutes while cooking:
    • Instead of using sugar, consider using a low-calorie sugar substitute.
    • Use whole-grain breads and pastas.
    • Instead of whole milk or heavy cream, try low-fat or skim milk.
    • Bake, grill or steam vegetables instead of frying.
    • Be creative and add some fresh herbs and salt-free spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice or onion, garlic or chili powder.
  • When entertaining, use smaller dinner plates, that are less than 9 inches in diameter
  • When creating your plate, choose your veggies first, and fill half your plate with fruits and veggies.
  • Take a walk with family and friends before and after your meal.
  • Get enough rest.
  • If you have a sweet treat, cut back on other carbs (like potatoes and bread) during the meal.
  • Don’t skip meals to save up for a feast. It will be harder to keep your blood sugar in control, and you’ll be really hungry and more likely to overeat.
  • If you slip up, get right back to healthy eating with your next meal.
  • Eat slowly. It takes at least 20 minutes for your brain to realize you’re full.
  • Avoid or limit alcohol. If you do have an alcoholic drink, have it with food.

And remember the three ¡Viva Health! messages:

  1. Fill half your plate with fruits and veggies, every meal, every day.
  2. For portion control, use a smaller plate.
  3. Drink water, not sugary drinks.

Eat well; feel great, every season of the year! For information and materials on the ¡Viva Health! Campaign, visit:

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