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Best Ways To Spend Your Thanksgiving Weekend This Year

Best Ways To Spend Your Thanksgiving Weekend This Year

The time for Thanksgiving is fast approaching. The holiday season is busy in the US, with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all just a month from each other. Often Thanksgiving is sandwiched in the middle and doesn’t get fully appreciated. Let’s face it, the stores start playing Christmas music on November 1st these days. This year, let’s explore the best ways to spend your Thanksgiving weekend.

Thanksgiving weekend is generally a family-oriented time, filled with good food, a big dinner, some football, and catching up. Why not shake up your traditional Thanksgiving weekend plans with something new this year? Here are some ideas for great activities you can do with your family this Thanksgiving weekend.

Day of Thanksgiving

Get up early and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on the TV in your PJs.

Skype members of your family who weren’t able to be with you. Watch the parade together, or chat while you enjoy your pumpkin pie.

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Explore holiday favorites of your ancestors. A lot of my background is Norwegian and we often have lefse (yum) and lutefisk (yuck) when we gather for Thanksgiving. What did your ancestors enjoy?

Kick off your holiday giving before the stores open with an ornament exchange. Once you start this tradition, folks can spend all year finding creative and fun ornaments to exchange.

Start a New Tradition With a Holiday Video

Ask each family member to shoot a family holiday video before they arrive or during the day. Watch all of the videos after the meal and give a prize, or an extra piece of pie, for the most creative, thankful and humorous offerings.

Choose Someone Who Deserves Your Thanks

Have each person at the Thanksgiving dinner choose one person from outside the family that they are thankful for. Post-meal, make a treat or gifts as well as handwritten notes about why that person was chosen. Each family member will then deliver the gift and note to the person they are most thankful for during the next week.

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Post-Thanksgiving Weekend

Cross an Item Off Your Bucket List

For most of us, Thanksgiving weekend is a four-day holiday. This is a great time to get out your bucket list and show yourself some thanks by completing one of the items on your list.

Some ideas to consider are:

  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Sleigh ride
  • Weekend away you’ve been meaning to take
  • Buy the person behind you coffee
  • Watch a sunset
  • Unplug for 48 hours (straight)
  • Learn to make homemade pasta

Make christmas gifts

Instead of going shopping the day after Thanksgiving why don’t you make some holiday gifts yourself? Cookies or fudge can be made ahead of time. Your best brownie mix in a jar or homemade cards are also great ways to show appreciation to those you love.

Donate your time at a local animal shelter, homeless shelter, or some other way. The best way to give thanks is to help others who aren’t as fortunate as you.

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Take a break from all the food with an outdoor activity. Many cities have events for charity runs and moonlight bike rides. Or simply go for a hike.

Have a football tournament…online. Play via your Xbox, Wii, or PlayStation with others online.

If you’ve got snow, make a snow gamily. Make at least three different snow Ppeople of different sizes.

Do a museum tour, be a tourist in your own city.

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Have a game night. A great way to spend time with your friends and family is over games. Bring out your classic board games or even an interactive game console to play games. Scrabble, Monopoly, Dance Central, or Wipeout are all great options.

Host a Thanksgiving Brunch for Friends

Thanksgiving is often focused on the family, but we’ve all got great friends we are thankful for, too. Have a Thanksgiving brunch for friends on Saturday or Sunday.

Which of these ideas will you try this year?

Featured photo credit: Party At Home: Dancing Cranberries/VIKTOR HANACEK via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on May 21, 2020

The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

1. The Paleo Diet

The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

2. Whole30

The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

During the month you are eliminating:

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  • sugar
  • alcohol
  • legumes
  • grains
  • dairy
  • soy

Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

Finding Out How Food Impacts You

Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

3. The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes & nuts
  • Replacing butter with olive oil
  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
  • Moderate amounts of red wine

Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

4. The Alkaline Diet

The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

The Big Takeaway:

Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

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