Tips for a stressless, joyful Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! Gratitude, fabulous food, family, and friends make for the perfect celebration recipe. However, even perfect holidays can sometimes create lots of stress and discomfort.

Here are a couple of tips on how to have a stressless, joyful Thanksgiving celebration:

Tips from Dr Alina Olteanu - integrative pediatrician at

  • Try to eat healthier versions of the traditional holiday meals and everything in moderation. Thanksgiving is just one day afterall J!
  • Continue to take your regular supplements (i.e. omega 3, multivitamin, probiotics; consider digestive enzymes prior to a large meal)
  • Let go of any expectations on how the holidays "should" be and try to stay present in the moment.
  • Kids may want to stay up late to watch movies or play on their iPad, but try to keep a reasonable sleep routine and limit electronics. Make sure you go for a light walk every day.

Tips from Jill Baumann - Life Coach, Functional Nutritionist at

  • Decide that this will be a stress-free and joyful holiday season, the best you've ever had.  Expect it.  Your mindset is what matters most.  
  • Be grateful for all that you have, all that you are.  It's impossible to be stressed when you are in a true state of gratitude.
  • No matter what else you indulge in diet-wise, be sure to eat 5-10 servings of veggies every day, especially leafy greens.  Those vital nutrients will help keep your body in balance.
  • Use the "too much sugar antidote": organic raw apple cider vinegar.  Put 1/2 - 1 tsp in 4-6oz of water and drink it.  For kids, add a little honey or stevia if needed.  (Bragg's brand sells this as a bottled drink for your convenience.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dr Alina & Jill