Thanksgiving: 1: the act of giving thanks 2: a prayer expressing gratitude
3: a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness
A holiday of thanks for family and friends that is centered around turkey, sides, drink and dessert. I always think of Thanksgiving as the kickoff to falling off the healthy wagon. It's so easy to overindulge and to keep it going through January until you wake up January 1st and realize you've put on weight.
Instead of taking a detour, just keep following your path to health with these simple tips:
1. Have a Plan
Think about your journey, your goals, where you want to be in the summer. Remember all the hard work you've put in to get you to this spot. Make decisions about what is worth indulging in and what isn’t.
2. Don't Show Up Hungry
Eat a solid breakfast like oatmeal and a small healthy meal before appetizers and dinner are put out. Also, drink as much water as you can throughout the day to keep you fuller.
3. Fill Up Your Plate with Healthy Choices
There are a lot of healthy options around Thanksgiving dinner. White turkey meat is a great lean protein. Enjoy a salad, veggies and sweet potatoes as long as they don't have added sugars or toppings. If you are in doubt that there will be healthier options, bring your own side.
4. Stay Active
Turkey Trots are a great way to get moving first thing Thanksgiving morning. Moving your body first thing in the morning sets the day right and will make you want to stay focused on eating healthy throughout the day. If you aren't into running, take a walk before and after your meals. Ask family members to join in.
5. Sample the Indulgent Foods
Don't deprive yourself of the things you love most about the season. Depriving yourself can make you fall off the wagon later on. Take a couple samples of the foods you want to try or split a dessert with someone instead of having a full one. A few bites aren’t going to break your diet – just don’t let it spiral out of control.