Thanksgiving Doesn’t Have To Be Bad

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I don’t know about you but I use to almost dread holidays like Thanksgiving where there was tons and tons of food around. But now I look forward to the day full of food and family because I have a few tools to help me out so I thought I would share because you know I love all of you out there!

START YOUR DAY WITH A WORKOUT Obviously it’s always easiest to get up and get your workout out of the way because then there won’t be things that pop up and get in the way. And you want to spend the day with family and not have to keep thinking about working out. So whether it’s going for a run, doing a Fitness Blender workout on YouTube a quick yoga session or walking around the block for 15 minutes just do something! Any sort of movement you can do will make you feel great!

DRINK LOTS OF WATER I don’t know if you family has fun drinks for the holiday but pass on them. I always say save your calories for food! Personally I would rather eat my calories than drink them. Aim to drink at least half your body weight in ounces during the day and try drinking a big glass before you eat. Dehydration is often mistaken for hunger so stay dehydrated!

YOU DON’T HAVE TO EAT EVERYTHING I grew up in a house where we ate sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving like you would a baked potato with some butter and salt/pepper. I think I was in college before I knew that sweet potatoes could have brown sugar and marshmallows on top…gross! So that isn’t a dish I like so I don’t put it on my plate. SO not worth the calories! So just because the food is there doesn’t mean you have to eat it. Just eat what you know you like! And take little portions because then if something tasted extra good you are fine having a little bit more.

EAT BREAKFAST Start the day with a good filling breakfast with a lot of protein. Cereal is good but won’t fuel you for the day. Eat something healthy that has a lot of protein and is lower in fat and carbs. It will fuel you for the day until it’s time for the big meal and it will also help you not to snack while prepping the meal.

GET RIGHT BACK ON TRACK One day isn’t going to hurt you. You can be sure that I will be eating at least 2 rolls and lots of pie and ice cream! But it’s ok, you won’t eat like that every day so the next day just get back to your normal eating.

ENJOY the day, ENJOY your family and friends and ENJOY THE FOOD!

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