The countdown to Thanksgiving has already begun and some of us are already dreaming of that turkey and those mashed potatoes. However, if you’re planning to travel, you may have a little extra stress before you can get to that delicious food.
AAA estimates more than 54 million will be traveling more than 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving, up almost 5% from last year. According to Lifehacker, the peak time for Thanksgiving travel is around three or four in the afternoon on the Wednesday prior to the holiday.
Once you make it home to family, studies show the best thing you can do is avoid bringing up politics.
An NPR poll last year of over 1,000 adults showed that nearly 60% dreaded the idea of discussing politics over Thanksgiving dinner. A professional at Boston Medical Center, suggests talking instead about shared memories and about each others’ lives instead. The heat from the midterm election is still fresh, and many would prefer just to spend time with family and enjoy good food.
Let’s face it, Thanksgiving is known for eating a little too much. The Calorie Control Council says the typical holiday meal is around 3,000 calories. To avoid overeating, BrainMD health recommends not rushing through your meal and to not “save room” by skipping other meals.
Most of all, remember that it’s the holiday season: a time to be thankful and enjoy time with loved ones.