Stay safe, be mindful, have a happy Thanksgiving!

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Thanksgiving is one week away and Hello Wisconsin is helping you prepare. Dr. Alicia Arnold sat down with Tyler Mickelson to talk about some of the issues that might come up this year.

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Let's start with overeating. What do we need to be careful of? And, when should we stop?

Dr. Alicia Arnold, “Statistically most people gain a pound or less from Thanksgiving, even if you indulge in all your favorites. You may help yourself feel less stuffed if you limit some of the more heavy, creamy dishes and drink more water. Taking a short walk after a big meal may help you feel better too. Some of the big offenders contributing to the calories include pie and stuffing. If you eat too much, you may start having heartburn or feeling queasy.”

If we haven't physically tested our bodies for an extended period of time, is it a bad idea to go full speed in the back yard football game?

Dr. Alicia Arnold, “We do see quite a few injuries when folks who aren’t used to exercising decide to jump into the annual football game. Take a few minutes to stretch and warm up if you aren’t a regular exerciser. Limit it to touch or flag football rather than tackle. And if you are injured, don’t play through the pain. Stop, rest, ice, and seek medical attention if necessary. Also saving alcohol for after the game can help keep things safer.”

What about anxiety? These gatherings can be stressful, do we need to be mindful of asking uncomfortable questions?

Dr. Alicia Arnold, “When you feel a stressful situation coming on, it can be best to try to disengage, by offering to go help in the kitchen, or play with some younger members of the family. Also, accepting that things may not always go perfectly may help with the stress level. Trying to focus on things we are grateful for, even if they are small, can also help keep things in perspective.”

Is there any truth to turkey making you sleepy? Do you need to plan ahead if you're going to stuff your body with turkey and then drive a long distance home?

Dr. Alicia Arnold, “Turkey has a bad reputation for making us sleepy, but it’s not really fair to blame the bird. Many foods also contain the same amino acid tryptophan that sometimes is blamed for making people feel tired. It’s more likely to do with the overall large amount of food many people are eating since it takes a large amount of energy for your body to digest the large amount of food eaten. Also, carbohydrates and alcohol that are often included in the meal can contribute to that feeling of fatigue.”