The team at County Line Chiropractic Centers wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a special day for many families. It’s a time when they come together to celebrate all that they are thankful for and of course, eat! With all the excitement and holiday chaos, mistakes are easy to make. Here are some health and safety tips to remember this Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Health Tips
- Prepare your meal safely. Proper cooking techniques may seem like common knowledge, but when it comes to our favorite dishes, like turkey, there may be more steps for you to follow than you realize. For instance, do you know the three safe ways to thaw a turkey? They are in cold water, in the refrigerator, or in a microwave oven. To learn more about turkey preparation safety tips, including safe stuffing, read this article by the CDC, Turkey Basics: Safely Thaw, Prepare, Stuff and Cook.
- Practice safe kitchen habits to prevent fires. Did you know that cooking is the leading cause of home fires? More over, Thanksgiving usually has three times the average number of reported home structure fires involving cooking equipment. Check out these cooking safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association.
- Slow down. One of the side effects of the holidays is that our minds are racing. We are so busy coordinating special holiday dinners and get-togethers that mistakes can easily happen. Take time to plan ahead from making to-do lists, to planning menus, to shopping early, to prepping food ahead of time. When all else fails, ask for help!
- Be thankful! Scientists have been studying the health benefits of gratitude for years. One 2007 study by the University of California found that feeling grateful can improve your mental health and vitality. Whether you and your family write notes and place them in a gratitude jar or take turns sharing what you’re thankful for during dinner, go ahead and share your gratefulness this Thanksgiving.
However you celebrate this Thanksgiving, give your body the best opportunity to stay health. Chiropractic care helps your balance your body and therefore, helps it naturally combat common holiday symptoms such as fatigue, stress, and even issues such as heartburn. We invite you to visit any of our five offices this holiday season.
Shape.com, “5 Ways Gratitude is Good for Your Health,” http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/5-ways-gratitude-good-your-health
NFPA.org, “Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment,” http://www.nfpa.org/research/statistical-reports/major-causes/cooking-equipment