Thanksgiving can be a really stressful holiday for anyone who takes care of their health and diet. With so much amazing and delicious food around you, it’s hard not to reach that 2.000-calorie mark on your plate, especially if you’ve been stressfully counting calories until the moment you sit on that family table. Well, let me set your mind at ease – it’s really ok if you indulge in the Thanksgiving dinner guilt free by following just a few simple advices:
Have a good high protein breakfast in the morning
Even if it seems like a good idea to skip breakfast, so that you can enjoy the Thanksgiving dinner, it’s really important that you don’t arrive hungry. That way you’re risking to break all your healthy rules and stuff yourself like a turkey 😉 Instead, have a healthy protein breakfast, including a bowl of whole–grain cereal with low fat milk, or eggs, cheese, yogurt, avocado, toast… even adding bacon in your thanksgiving menu is not a bad idea, if you’re trying not to overeat on the main event. If you’re a vegan, indulge in the morning by eating a French toast, hummus avocado toast, coconut chia pudding or cinnamon nut quinoa, which will “hold your horses” until dinner.
Fit in a morning workout
Plan your morning so that you can have time for a short but invigorating workout routine. Burn off those extra calories, even before you indulge in your favourite foods. You could do some jogging on the treadmill, or even in the park, or you could do some combined cardio and weight training with your favourite music on. Let’s keep the nosy neighbours wondering why you’re so full of energy that morning! 😉
You can succeed in your intention not to eat the whole table, by making sure your plate is full of colourful and low-calorie veggies. You could choose from the whole variety of fresh, roasted or grilled vegetables like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, so that you can satisfy (at least try to satisfy) that hungry monster inside you, that wants happy wheels demo to eat literally everything! Also, if you’re the one hosting the event, try adding plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream on your mash potatoes, creamy dips and casseroles. Turkey in your thanksgiving menu is also a healthy choice, since is full of protein, but make sure you remove the skin before eating.
Control your portion size
Thanksgiving is a really tempting holiday, when you just want to try a bit of everything from your thanksgiving menu and then have seconds, or (hopefully not) thirds… Try to select a reasonable-sized portions of the foods that you can’t absolutely live without, and resist the temptation to go back for the second helpings. The best options for your thanksgiving menu are the foods low on calories and fat like the white turkey meat, roasted sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
Stop eating when you’re full
I know that everyone on the planet knows this rule, but just a few people have the will-power to follow it. Just picture yourself as a healthy, fit person, that has the biggest self-control on that dinner. In order to achieve that, eat slowly, relaxed, enjoy tasting each mouthful, letting your brain decide when it’s time to finish dinner without making yourself a human piñata 🙂TOP THANKSGIVING GIFT IDEAS
After the meal: Move!
Please don’t park on the couch right after the meal! Instead take a refreshing stroll outside, or play a game of football in the yard (I am sure that some of your family and friends will want to join you), or volunteer to help clean up the table after finishing the meal. The host will appreciate the gesture, and you will be able to physically remove yourself from the food and your desire to pick the leftovers.
The day after
Remember that Thanksgiving is only one day! So don’t set yourself far back on your journey to make a healthy person out of you. Even if you overdid it a bit the day before, there is a way to make things right, by doing a longer workout routine, or go for a long walk in the park. Just grab your friend and get those legs moving! I’m sure you’ll meet someone interesting on your way, who is also trying to redeem from the transgressions the day before 🙂TOP THANKSGIVING GIFT IDEAS