Thanksgiving is here, and Christmas is just around the corner. Both can be a diet killers. Be smart and don’t ruin everything you have worked so hard for. Indulging a little is perfectly fine if you’re smart about it. Here are five tips on how to get through big holiday meals relatively unscathed:
- Get your workout in, even if you’re traveling – Get up early and hit your workout hard! Burn as many calories as you can before you indulge a bit.
- Pre-Thanksgiving/Holiday meal – Eat several small meals filled with good, clean foods throughout the day before your big family dinner. The idea is to fill up on good healthy foods so you don’t stuff yourself with as much of the bad stuff come dinnertime. Having a full stomach will also allow you to limit your portions which leads me to my next tip…
- Portion control – limit your portions. This is a tough one! I always try to eat until I feel about 80% full. With so many awesome foods on the Thanksgiving table, I may let myself go to 100% ;-), but I’m definitely NOT going to let myself eat myself into a food coma LOL! Eat the foods you want. Just BE SMART about it and be willing to accept the consequences. Having a cheat meal is going to set you back 2 or 3 days. Having a huge cheat meal will set you back a week or more. So be smart if you’re eating bad foods. Eat smaller portions to minimize consequences. If you can’ resist satisfying your sweet tooth, remember your stomach doesn’t have taste buds! Take your time and savor each bite. Oh, and the 5th bite tastes the same as the first, so there’s no reason to overdo it!
- Limit Alcohol – I’m not a drinker myself, but might have one or two glasses of wine with dinner. If you plan on drinking, go easy. Alcohol is filled with empty calories and is a diet killer.
- Eat more of the best foods and less junk – Make vegetables the center of your big meal. Then “accessorize” with white turkey or other lean meats, complex carbs, etc. Watch out for high fat/simple carb foods like gravy, stuffing, bread, casseroles, and deserts. Like I mentioned above: keep your portions small and you can enjoy/try most things without having to feel horrible the following day.
Hopefully these tips help you stop yourself from taking 5 steps backward this Holiday season. Enjoy your family this holiday season and be sure to reflect on all the positive things in your life. This holiday season I’m thankful for all the changes I have made in the last year and I’m especially thankful for you all! Coaching YOU keeps ME motivated every day and I can’t thank y’all enough for that.
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