Keep Stress Off the Holiday Meal Menu, Expert
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 24 (HealthDay News) -- If you are one of the
many people who have high expectations for your holiday gatherings,
a few simple steps can help reduce your stress on Thanksgiving.
Mary Muscari, an associate professor in the Decker School of
Nursing at Binghamton University, State University of New York,
offers the following advice:
- Shop for perishable items well ahead of time and have a list
ready for what you need to buy immediately before the holiday.
- If you're going to use the good silver and china, get it ready
- Try to get everyone to share the chores. Also, cutting some
corners, for example, purchasing a pie rather than making one from
scratch, is also OK.
- Don't stress over making a meal that's both tasty and healthy.
Just do what you can to cut down on fat, sugar and other unhealthy
ingredients, watch serving sizes and plan to eat healthy the rest
of the week.
- Limit your driving. You don't have to see every family member
in one day. Alternate years that you visit relatives on
Thanksgiving or celebrate with them another day.
- Take time to give thanks for what you have and encourage your
children to do the same. Consider donating items to the food bank
to help those who are dire straits.
The American Psychological Association offers tips for
staying calm during the holidays.
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