Thanksgiving is TOMORROW and I have to say, I can’t believe it! I feel like the days are just flying by and I know Christmas will be here before we know it. Thanksgiving dinner is, hands-down, my favorite meal of the year. Unfortunately, all of that yummy food can leave us feeling tired, drained, bloated, and just…..blah by the end of the day or early next morning. In the past, I would accept the fact that I’d just gain 5 or so pounds through November / December and then worry about it in January. BUT, those good intentions in January always ended up falling through. And quite honestly, you’re never guaranteed tomorrow, so, why wait?! For the past several years I have been going in to the holiday season with a different approach. Believe it or not, you CAN make healthy choices on Thanksgiving Day WITHOUT sacrificing those favorite fixings. AND, these tips can help you on pretty much any holiday! BONUS!
Before I get in to my tips, I do want to first note that I believe it is important to set your intentions for the big day. If you are choosing to throw all of the “healthy rules” out the door and indulge as much as you want, no matter how full you feel, that’s fine! It’s 100% up to you and if you feel like you can over indulge and get back on track on Friday (or by Monday), go for it! BUT, if this is what you are planning, do so guilt-free!
If you are like me and want to find a good balance, then you definitely want to read on! While I could probably go on and on with tips, these are the 5 main tips that I personally follow, and have worked in my favor.
Tip #1: EXERCISE!! I know, I’m sure you aren’t surprised to see that one! But seriously, we all know that we will most likely be eating foods from the Thanksgiving Dinner table that we don’t eat on a regular basis, even if it’s some bites here and there. Why NOT begin your day with a solid calorie burn? I am firm believer that starting your day with a good workout can set yourself up for success. Whether your workout be a run outside, a walk, something at the gym, or home fitness…..it doesn’t matter! Just get moving! DON’T put it off and think you’ll squeeze it in during the evening hours. We all know that won’t happen!
Tip #2: DRINK A LOT OF WATER!! On a daily basis you should aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces. Let’s face it, no matter how healthy we may try to be, if we aren’t the ones preparing the big meal, we don’t have control of the butter, oils, and salt that are used. The more water we drink, the better our bodies will be able to flush out the junk! Yes, you can have your glass of wine too 😉
Tip #3: EAT BREAKFAST! I admit, I used to be that person who would pretty much starve herself all day long so that I could “save my calories” for the big dinner. That is SUCH WRONG THINKING!!! Don’t let your body go in to starvation mode. Get up, get that workout in, and eat some breakfast. If your dinner is later in the day, make sure you get some healthy snacks and lunch in there too. You won’t regret it!
Tip #4: MODERATION! I am a believer in portion control and moderation when it comes to eating. You wouldn’t necessarily fill up your dinner plate 3 or 4 times on a normal day, so why do it on Thanksgiving? If you are choosing to try a little bit of everything, then keep it to that…. A LITTLE BIT. OR, practice that give and take method. If you are choosing to have sweet potatoes, then pass on the mashed potatoes. If you are indulging in stuffing, skip the dinner rolls. The same goes for the desserts!
Tip #5: BE THANKFUL AND ENJOY THE COMPANY! Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be focused and centered around a big meal. It’s about being thankful and spending time with friends, family, and loved ones. Whomever you are spending the big day with, focus on that quality time you have together.
Here is a video I created for my current online accountability group that better explains these tips too!
If it’s not too late and you are still looking for some new, healthier versions, of your favorite Thanksgiving fixings, click on the Healthy Recipes tab and I have a section with what you are looking for!
POST THANKSGIVING ACCOUNTABILITY
Thanksgiving begins the craziness of social gatherings, holiday stress, and treats / cookies galore! Just a few weeks or so after Thanksgiving we are at it again with a big holiday meal to prepare for. So, I am offering some holiday accountability in my HOLIDAY SURVIVAL GROUP!! We will begin on Monday the 27th and it’s certainly not too late to join!