Happy almost Thanksgiving B4BC family! We are so very thankful for this amazing time of year and for all of you! Tomorrow is the day we get to indulge on a DELISH meal with the people we love. We know just how hard it is during this time of the year to remain healthy, so we’ve compiled a list of quick tips to help keep you on the right track during this holiday season!
Keep up with your exercise routine.
Consistency is key. Don’t let the holiday season throw your workout schedule out of whack. Make sure you keep up with your normal exercise routine and don’t let your ‘me’ time get drowned out by the chaos.
Plan a post-meal walk.
As soon as you arrive at your Thanksgiving celebration, announce that you plan to take a walk after the meal. Most likely, some of your family and friends will want to join you. Once you get a few people on board, it’ll be tough to bail out. A brisk walk will help you burn some calories and likely put you in the right mindset to turn down a second piece of pumpkin pie!
Serve healthy snacks while watching football.
Instead of serving up processed, frozen snacks serve a raw vegetable platter with healthy dips or hummus as a healthier alternative. These will curb your appetite and allow you to snack without feeling too guilty.
Drink lots of water.
Thanksgiving dinner tends to be high in sodium, so make sure you drink 8 glasses of water (or more) to reduce excess water weight and bloat.
Don’t overdo it with drinks.
Drink all the water you want, but consume alcoholic beverages like wine, beer and liquor in moderation. Save those extra calories for your favorite holiday dessert!
Pay attention to portions & STOP when you are full.
This tip probably seems pretty obvious, but Thanksgiving is one of those holidays when people plan to eat until they are stuffed to the brim. Instead of seeing how much you can eat, enjoy sensible portion sizes or just take a few bites of your favorite foods. This strategy will prevent you from overindulging without causing you to feel deprived or like you’re missing out.
Prepare bigger portions of ‘good’ foods.
Leftovers are arguably one of the best things about Thanksgiving; tons of delicious food to eat for days to come. Make bigger portions of the healthier dishes like veggies and lean protein, so that when you open your fridge and reach for leftovers you’ll have more nutritious options to choose from.
If you can, eat your big Thanksgiving meal as early as possible so that your body will have time to digest before you head to sleep.
Volunteer to help clean up.
Instead of picking at the leftovers or helping yourself to more dessert, offer to help clean up. They will appreciate the gesture and removing yourself from the table will help take your attention away from the food. Cleaning up will also help you burn some calories!
Freeze extra leftovers.
When you pile leftovers into your fridge, you have to eat them all before they go bad. Instead, fill tupperware containers with healthy portion sizes and put them in the freezer. This way you aren’t forced to finish ALL the food in the next few days and you can enjoy the holiday foods for a bit longer.
Enjoy time with your friends and family.
Although the food is important, it is not not nearly as important as being thankful. The purpose of this holiday is to relax, have fun and spend time with those you care about. Don’t forget that!