It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love Thanksgiving and Christmas and everything leading up to it, but I don’t like stuffing my face for a month straight and hating how I feel when January rolls around. I’ve learned some tips and tricks on how to enjoy Thanksgiving, not feel like I’m depriving myself, and not completely abandon my commitment to my health.
- Take some responsibility for what you choose to fuel yourself with. Unless you make and serve 100% of the meal you’ll be eating, you will undoubtedly be faced with several tempting (but unhealthy) dishes. If you are committed to feeling awesome and not forgetting your health goals during Thanksgiving, then you have to remember that you get to choose what you will eat and what you won’t eat. No one is forcing you, even if you feel some peer pressure. It’s okay to pass on some things!
- Don’t look at food as “good” vs “bad”. Do you know that if you eat 3 slices of pie that you’ll lay awake with indigestion? Will you dread getting dressed and feel badly in your clothes if you overindulge? Will you lose your energy and be dragging during Black Friday sales if you have 4 servings of sweet potato casserole? Focus on how different foods make you FEEL rather than putting them into good and bad categories–it’s not about how you look, but how you feel. Focus on eating foods that make you feel awesome!
- Eat your veggies first. Load up at least half of your plate with veggies, preferably veggies that aren’t drowned in cheese or other sauces. If you can contribute to your meal, bring a healthy option like a veggie tray or roasted brussels sprouts so you know you’ll have at least one healthy option for yourself.
- Be active first thing in the day. Starting your day with a great workout will not only start you off on the right track, but it will make you feel good and helps you be more likely to keep up the healthy choices. It’s not about “earning” your dinner, but just taking care of your body!
- Focus on what you’re eating all week! If you know you want to indulge in some amazing Thanksgiving traditions, THAT IS OKAY. You get to choose! But don’t allow the entire week to get away from you–keep fueling yourself with healthy foods throughout the week to keep your energy up and your body running smoothly.
- Be intentional about focusing on your nutrition in the days after Thanksgiving. I’m hosting a 5-day group the week after Thanksgiving with workouts, a meal plan, and some samples of my super shake to give you a structured plan for post-holiday blahs. Click here to sign up!
If you want more help or recipe ideas, check out this amazing blog page with tons of Thanksgiving tips!