Does the approaching Thanksgiving holiday excite or scare you? Maybe both?
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday where we set aside intentional time to be with friends and family around a table. This meal creates space for friendships to deepen and families to unite. Beautiful right?! There is one small issue with this holiday though, it can also create space for waistlines to expand.
It is so easy to justify eating all the Thanksgiving fixings because it only happens once a year. Yet that justification can lead to gaining a few unwanted pounds over the holiday. Then those pounds stay put as Christmas celebrations start immediately after Thanksgiving. Once again you find yourself in the new year making the same goal of losing that unwanted weight.
Wouldn't you like to break this cycle?
Good news. You can. It is possible to enjoy the holiday AND avoid the weight gain by following these 5 strategies:
1. Fill your plate with turkey and greens. Leave 1/4 of the plate for a side of your favorite “treat” be it pumpkin pie or sweet potato casserole.
2. Drink lots of water. Filling up with water will help you enjoy, but not fill up on only your grandma’s famous dressing.
3. Eat consistently. Eating every 3 - 4 hours will help you eat proper portions at the big meal (like only eating that 1/4 piece of pumpkin pie).
4. Exercise. Take a walk with the family after dinner or sweat it out at that early morning Thanksgiving spin class. This will help you make wise eating choices at meals and enjoy small tastes of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.
5. Eat protein. Starting your day off with a protein smoothie and snacking on a handful of nuts or a hardboiled egg will empower you to make healthful eating decisions as you walk into that Thanksgiving dinner (being hungry, but not starving helps you enjoy, but not overindulge at that Thanksgiving meal!)