5 Brain-Healthy Tips for Thanksgiving Day


As Thanksgiving approaches, Vital Head & Spine wants to make sure that you are staying brain-healthy and holiday-happy for the big (and busy!) day. Below are a few tips for surviving Turkey Day!

#1: Make sure to get in some pre-meal exercise.

Whether you take the dog for an extra long walk in the morning or run around with the kids in the yard, make sure to get some exercise in before the big meal. Not only will this jump-start your metabolism and add some endorphins to what may be a stressful day, but when you finally sit down for the big meal, it will feel that much better to eat your heart out!

Want to go the extra mile (or 3.1 miles to be exact)?

Try out a Turkey Day 5k! Registration is still open for Turkey Trot Los Angeles and Burbank Turkey Trot 2018.

#2: Mix some healthy fat into your Thanksgiving recipes.

We all know that Thanksgiving isn't necessarily the healthiest of days for your diet but instead of skipping the stuffing and pie all together, why not try adding a few healthy fats to the mix? 

While there are a number of supplemental health brands (and believe us, we have tried them all!) our favorite at Vital would definitely have to be...


Not only does Bulletproof have great coffee products and power snacks, but in their supply of products, they have what they call "quality fats". This segment of products includes:

  • Instamix: a sugar-free, gluten-free, all natural "fat for fuel" supplement to mix into your coffee that gives you all day energy for brain and body.

  • Brain Octane Oil: distilled from 100% pure coconut oil, this product provides a reliable and quick source of energy from fat, NOT sugar; plus it helps your body burn more fat in the process.

  • XCT Oil: another product distilled from 100% pure coconut oil that can be used in coffee, tea, salads, cooking, etc. to get extra energy from healthy fat NOT sugar.

Also try their FatWater to stay hydrated throughout the long day!

If you want to take it a step further in making sure your daily diet stays on track through Thanksgiving, take a few minutes to consider The Paleo Diet or The Keto Diet. Check out Paleo's Harvest Time Recipes or Keto's Healthy Cranberry Sauce!


#3: Instead of the classic dessert, try this Healthy Pumpkin Pie recipe.

From Chocolate Covered Katie: The Healthy Dessert Blog try this Healthy Pumpkin Pie, the creamiest pie you'll ever taste! With only 141 calories and 13.9 carbohydrates per serving, this recipe uses coconut milk, coconut sugar and rolled oats to keep the fats healthy and the sugars natural. It is sure to keep the family AND your body happy on the national day of eating.

Still looking for something healthier? Try out Chocolate Covered Katie's Crustless Pumpkin Pie or check out EatingWell's Gluten-Free Pecan Pie or their Reduced-Sugar Apple Pie.

#4: Take a tip from NUCCA and turn on your brain-gut connection!

The Vagus Nerve, aka your brain-gut connection, interfaces between the brain and the heart, the lungs and the digestive tract. Your NUCCA Correction improves your brain's control over digestion via the vagus nerve.  The Vagus helps manage the complex processes in your digestive system, and is responsible for reducing inflammation in the gut, lowering insulin resistance, and coordinating the wavelike movements of the intestine to push food forward.  Staying in alignment helps regulate Vagal Nerve Tone, allowing your digestive system to work the way it should...and help you digest that second helping of turkey!

Schedule your Turkey Day NUCCA correction now.

#5: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Make sure to drink enough water throughout the day - ESPECIALLY with the high levels of sodium that you'll be consuming during the meal. The Nutrition and Food Board recommends a daily water intake of 3.7 liters (15 cups) for the average adult male and 2.7 liters (11 cups) for the average adult female. Try to beat these goals on Thanksgiving.

Not drinking enough water could spark some hunger pangs, which may actually just be thirst!

Need some tips to keep the water flowing throughout the day?

  1. Keep a glass of water near you while you cook.

  2. Set and fill water cups on the Thanksgiving table before sitting down for the big meal.

  3. Drink a full glass of water between the main meal and dessert. Not only will this clear your palette for the next course, but it will help prevent over-eating the sweets.

Hopefully these 5 Tips for a Brain-Healthy Thanksgiving help keep your brain and body on track and provide enough energy to get you through the long day! Maybe you'll even have some leftover energy for Black Friday!