Thanksgiving Survival Kit
Don’t freak out, it’s only Thanksgiving! I’m sorry if that hurt your feelings… but sometimes we need a reminder that just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean you have to abandon all of your healthy eating habits. While this holiday is, for mot people, a day to over-indulge in some of your favorite foods that doesn’t mean you have to indulge so much you regret everything.
There are ways to be responsible on this delicious day… here are some tips:
Mentally, remind yourself that an epic cheat day is coming, so eat well and healthy up until Thanksgiving meal time. Take the time to plan our your meals for the week and include thanksgiving dinner as your “cheat meal”. There’s nothing wrong with a cheat meal, as long as you’re not having a cheat meal every day!
2. Work in some extra HIIT
While you’re preparing for the big feast it can feel like you have very little time to commit to breaking a sweat… but you need to! Working in some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) can torch some serious calories during and after your workout, and it only takes 20-30 minutes! Burning calories is a great benefit, but the endorphins and stress relief can be just as comforting. You will feel less stressed, and be able to focus more clearly on the tasks at hand. While entertaining guests it’s easy to forget you need to take care of yourself- don’t forget you are a priority as well!
3. Drink all the water
Seriously, don’t forget to hydrate. Being dehydrated can cause you to feel hungry when you’re actually thirsty! Do your best to drink your eight glasses of water, and try to drink a full glass of water 15-20 minutes before you start your meal. This will help to hydrate you before eating so your body can function properly in digestions and absorption and keep the hunger signals from your brain accurate… also it can help to stop you from filling up on appetizers.
4. Eat a healthy breakfast
Just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you get to eat terribly all day! Start your day off right by eating a healthy breakfast, it doesn’t need to be anything fancy- eat what you normally would and feel good doing it!
5. Eat Slowly
First of all… your eyes ARE bigger than your stomach. Take normal savings of everything… theres bound to be a lot of food, and if you didn’t have enough the first round there are always seconds- it’s like the unspoken rule of holidays to make enough food to last a week. Ok, you’ve (responsibly) loaded your plate, you’re glass of wine is full, and you’re ready to dive in… take a deep breath, and stay calm. Yes, you can stuff your face… but why not try and savor all of the flavor from the delicious foods you’ve spent making all day? Enjoy every bite, and while talking with your mouth full of food is gross you can still engage in conversation with your friends and family… just mind your manners! Taking time to eat slowly is better for digestion, and you’re brain can signal you more accurately when to stop eating. Plus… you’ll help yourself avoid that food coma everyone complains about.
6. Remember, dessert is just around the corner!
Do you want to be so full from dinner that eating dessert physically hurts? Or would you prefer to actually enjoy everything, including the way you feel? I personally go for the second. Being able to enjoy ice cream, pie, and coffee without feeling guilty- hands down a win if there ever was one.
There you have it! Some tips and reminders on ways you can eat and enjoy yourself responsibly this Thanksgiving! (Remember… if you wake up craving more food there’s bound to be everything you could want in you fridge!)