It’s no secret that Thanksgiving is one of the hardest holidays for someone who is trying to stay on track with their health and fitness. Not only is it a busy time of the year, but you’re surrounded by food! But don’t fret. Here are some ways to stay on track and sane this Thanksgiving. Whatever you do, stay positive and don’t give up on your fitness goals just because the holidays are here.
Tip # 1 – Don’t skip your workout
Squeeze a short workout in early in the morning. Let’s face it, there is no way you’ll workout after eating turkey.
Tip # 2 – Don’t skip meals
I am so guilty of this one! We think that by skipping calories throughout the day, we will have more calories to spare at dinner. This is not only a bad idea but unhealthy. You will find yourself getting cranky and fatigued before you even reach the party. Start the day off with a healthy and filling breakfast to fuel you for the day. Leaving less room for complete meltdowns and overindulging.
Tip # 3 – Don’t forget the water
This might seem like common sense, but with the chaos throughout the day, it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated. Then, we find ourselves thinking we’re hungry when we’re really just thirsty. So, start your day off with 8 ounces of water as soon as your feet hit the floor. Keep the water coming throughout the day.
Tip # 4 – Don’t skip the healthy stuff
I know the veggie tray isn’t what you had in mind for Thanksgiving, but pick appetizers that will fill you up without blowing the whole day before dinner. Offer to bring a healthy side dish to help keep yourself and others on track.
Tip # 5 – Don’t overindulge, eat mindfully
It’s easy to just toss the day up as a wash, but what if you could have your cake and eat it too? There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a treat meal, but don’t let it be an all-day event. Take smaller portions of the foods you really like and eat until you’re full, not until everything is gone.
Tip # 6 – Don’t graze
Find a place away from the food to hang out. If it’s readily available, you’re liking to start picking. Chewing gum can be a great way to take your mind off of the food.
Tip # 7 – Don’t let one meal ruin your whole week
It’s easy to start a pattern after eating a meal that came nowhere close to fitting in your diet goals, but it doesn’t have to. Be prepared to get right back on track after your cheat meal. If you are going to multiple meals, let one be a treat and try to get back on track at the next house. Establish a plan to be ready to hit the weights the next day and let the treat meal serve as a metabolism booster.
Tip # 8 – Don’t forget balance
People often celebrate the holidays with alcoholic beverages. While drinking in moderation is okay, I recommend picking either drinking or eating as your treat. When you drink, you tend to eat more. Plus, the more you drink the worse your judgment is when it comes to food. Also, pick alcohol that is lower in calories to help stay on track.
Tip # 9 – Don’t get overwhelmed
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate your blessings. Spend your time with friends and family, not logging your food in your phone. If you stay mindful and follow these tips, there’s no reason you can’t have a great time while staying on track this Thanksgiving.
From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!