Thanksgiving Aftermath: Energized or Immobilized?


Black Friday is nearing—can you feel it? There’s an ongoing debate about this retail holiday, with passionate feelings in both camps. Purists believe that this day of deals has completely hijacked the attitude of gratitude that should encapsulate Thanksgiving. Others see it as an extension of their time with family and friends (not a far cry since many stores now start their sales on Thursday).

Whether you choose to spend the hours after you celebrate in your living room, or at your favorite store, the choices you make at the Thanksgiving table will directly impact how you and your feet feel. Added weight directly impacts each step you take, and while a little after-turkey nap is normal, you’ll want to avoid food coma. There’s good news—it’s possible for this holiday meal to leave you energized instead of immobilized.

Start by being selective. Enjoy your favorites in moderation (think portions no larger than a computer mouse and as small as a golf ball for rich treats). Fresh and steamed vegetables without sauces can take up more space on your plate. Choosing white turkey instead of a dark piece will reduce calories. Remember to keep your serving of meat to the size of a deck of cards.

Also, it’s important to remember that just because a dish includes a fruit or vegetable, it may not be a healthy choice. Here’s a great example—cranberry salad. It may sound like a healthy option, but due to the added sugar, you’re better off enjoying the traditional turkey gravy. If you do have a sweet tooth, it’s better to sample than feast. Take a sliver of your two favorites, and leave the rest for someone else.

After your food settles, lace up your shoes and go for a brisk walk. When you return, you’ll be ready to cheer on your favorite football team, visit with the relatives, or head out to the mall. Treat your feet right this holiday season, and call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists at (512) 328-8900, or visit us online.

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Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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