For many people, the Thanksgiving meal signifies a time to gorge yourself on turkey and pumpkin pie. But what if you can’t eat by mouth? We’re here to remind you that Thanksgiving is much more than a time to slip into a tryptophan-induced coma. Please check out these five simple ways to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday without the food (or the post-meal guilt!).
- Volunteer. Call your local shelter, soup kitchen or food bank to find out if they need holiday help. If not, pick an available day in the future to volunteer as a family to keep the spirit of giving going, even after the holidays have ended.
- Be Active. Look to see if your community is hosting a turkey trot. These “races” can range from a 1-mile fun walk/run to a 5K, or even further! Whatever your ability level, try to get outside with family, friends and your larger community for some fresh air and exercise.
- Give Thanks. With all the hustle and bustle around the holidays, it can be difficult to remember to show gratitude for the people and things that are most important to you. Take time this day to share what you’re thankful for as a group.
- Relax. Whether you’re watching the MACY’S Thanksgiving Day Parade, cheering on your favorite football team, or cracking open a new book, it’s nice to schedule some time to just relax if you have the day off.
- Get Crafty! Adults may enjoy contributing to the feast by creating a festive fall centerpiece or place cards for the dining table. Little ones might prefer making this cute paper turkey or a thanksgiving-themed coloring book. A quick search on Google or Pinterest will be sure to give you a ton of great ideas!
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