Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks and then eating our weight in comfort food till we pass out on a relatives couch. Yeah I’m calling you out! I think it’s time we take a stand against the guilt of the holidays and why not start with Thanksgiving ?!
No matter if you cook and serve this holiday meal at your house or visit a relatives a lot stays the same. There are tables upon tables of comfort food, deserts, coffee and leftovers to take home. How are we supposed to survive all of this without gaining a ton? I don’t think we are meant to but we can soften the blow with a bit of tweaking.
Keep your normal breakfast routine. Nothing says change like staying on the same schedule. If you eat a healthy breakfast you will more apt to eat a healthier lunch and dinner. Breakfast will help you maintain your hunger and not feel ravished when the turkey hits the table, turning you into an uncivilized caveperson bent on survival.
Before you dig into that dinner and dessert, get active! Get outside and walk the block, take a relative and gossip and get that metabolism running! It doesn’t take much to get moving and trust me, you will feel better about having that second slice of Aunt Bee’s sugar loaded apple pie.
Divide and conquer the main meal. Try to fill up most of your plate with veggies and greens and a good portion of turkey leaving a small spots for a few sinful treats like sweet potato casserole or your mother’s famous sausage stuffing. Go ahead and have that gravy…but just a little!
Scan the desert table and pick out one or two things that you HAVE to have and then cut them in half. Instead of having a slice of apple pie and a slice of pumpkin you can take a small slice of each to make one full-sized slice, best of both worlds and half the calories, just skip a la Mode! Don’t deprive yourself, but make conscious decisions.
Guess what… get active AGAIN! Get back outside and take another walk, or horse around with the kids for a bit. Trust me you will feel better once the night winds down. You will be able to pat yourself on the back and feel proud about what you did for the day.
Anyone else believe that all these holidays are put close together on purpose so we eat till we explode, feel guilty THEN jump on the weight loss bandwagon January 1st?