First of all, a very Happy Thanksgiving to you all! We’re spending our holiday with John’s family up in Connecticut for a few days and the boys are loving all of the extra attention from family.
There are so many reasons to love Thanksgiving…the time spent with family, the warm, sweet smells of fall that fill our homes, and yes of course all of the delicious foods that we wait all year for. But if you’ve been on a clean eating roll, this one day may make you feel a bit anxious about sabotaging all of your hard work.
If you are in need of a few encouraging tips to help you keep your holiday plate in check, keep on reading.
- It is ONE DAY! I love the saying, “you can’t gain 10 pounds just from eating one meal much like you can’t loose 10 pounds by just eating a salad.” Remember to enjoy yourself, enjoy your food, and focus on reasons to celebrate outside of just the mountain of mashed potatoes (which is definitely a reason to celebrate, don’t get me wrong). Wake up the next morning, eat a healthy breakfast, get moving, and move on.
- Don’t deprive yourself! Just take smaller portions of some of your less nutritious foods . If you go back for seconds, make sure it’s on the protein or vegetables. If you can’t decided between two different pies, take small pieces of each.
- Skip the leftovers. I know, I know, this is sometimes the best part! But you don’t want the indulgent dishes hanging around your fridge for a few days after your feast. Unless your taking home a to-go bag of lean turkey for salads or soups, you’re probably better off leaving the sweet potato casserole on the table.
- Try not to drink your calories. Having a drink or a glass of wine at Thanksgiving is part of the enjoyment of the day, and there is nothing wrong with that by any means. But remember that alcohol is 100% empty calories. If you’d rather save those calories for something more sweet like dessert, try and stick with one drink during or before dinner and cut yourself off there.
Friends, the fact of the matter is Thanksgiving is one day a year to enjoy yourself in every way. Eat, drink and be merry and then get up tomorrow morning and USE all of those wonderful carbs to fuel a great workout. 😉
Happy Thanksgiving all!