In a lot of households, eating dinner is an all-day affair on Thanksgiving. While this can make for wonderful family-time, it can have a very negative effect on your digestive system if the food gets contaminated.
You can help guard against food poisoning by washing meat and produce before handling it, cooking foods thoroughly and refrigerating them. That means that during your languorous dinner, make sure that no food is left out at room temperature for more than two hours (one hour if the air temperature is above 90 degrees F). If you have large amounts of leftovers, divide them into small batches when you put them away in the refrigerator or freezer. That way, the temperature of each batch will reach a safe level faster.
If there's ever a day when you're expected to eat seconds, it's Thanksgiving. But make sure you really have room for them before shoveling in more food. How? Wait seven minutes before you decide if your appetite warrants seconds. It takes about that long for the first helping of food to reach your system and decrease your appetite.
Between dinner and dessert is a perfect time to get outside and take a walk. Light exercise will help you digest, decrease stress and burn off some of the day's calories.
Even if you genuinely like all your family members, spending an extended amount of time with them can be stressful. If you feel yourself getting annoyed or stressed, escape to the bathroom or another private area for these stress relievers:
It can be difficult to celebrate holidays after losing someone close to you. For some people, it can help to build on tradition by placing a candle on the table in honor of the deceased, including one of his or her favorite foods, creating a memorial decoration, or formally asking another family member to carry on a role this person used to play.
For others, tradition is too painful, so they prefer to change the way they celebrate. For example, you might go out for dinner or take a holiday trip to get out of the house, where memories are probably strongest.
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