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Ok, moms and dads, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I’m sure you’re all getting excited for the big feast!

This year, I’m going to challenge you to enjoy the meal without the regrets. You know what I’m talking about—those day-after-Thanksgiving regrets where you can’t believe how much you ate and how bad your indigestion is!

Follow these five tips and you’ll enjoy your meal and feel great the next morning!

  1. Squeeze in some exercise: Whether it’s a morning jog or a post-dinner family walk, you will feel much better if you’ve had some fresh air (wear a coat and hat if it’s cold out—no excuses!) and exercise.
  2. Lose the snacks: Many families include pre-dinner appetizers on their Thanksgiving menu. So if dinner isn’t until 5pm, everyone sits around all afternoon filling up on fattening snacks they don’t need. Move your dinner time up, play games or do some other activity instead of munching the day away.
  3. Don’t forget the leftovers: Do you see two kinds of pie on the table that you love equally? Have a small slice of one and set aside a slice of the other for the next day. It will still be delicious, and your overly full stomach will thank you!
  4. Eat a healthy breakfast: Thanksgiving dinner is typically served between 2pm and 4pm. Eat a big, protein-filled breakfast around 10am to fill yourself up, but also allow yourself to get a little hungry before the main event!
  5. Stay active: Yes, the great tradition is to have a nap after Thanksgiving dinner. This year, put together a touch football game in the yard or organize a scavenger hunt for the kids. Keeping the family active all day will help burn calories and ensure a good night’s sleep.