Don’t Get Stuffed Like Your Turkey!

Thanksgiving for most people means friends, family, FOOD, and consequently weight gain. All sound great… until you wake up the next morning feeling as though you have packed on the weight of a small child over night. It is alright though, every once it a while it is OK to treat yourself, indulge, and don’t worry about the calories. However, in order to not feel guilty there are a few steps you can take so that thanksgiving won’t equal weight gain.

So… just since it is Thanksgiving doesn’t mean that you have to pack it in and pack it on. When living a fit and healthy lifestyle during the holidays attempt to not focus so much on the food, but rather on the fun and family that surrounds you. Focus on the good times around you rather than the sometimes stressful situations that arise during the holidays. Alright, so other than our focus try some of these techniques to prevent up to 5000 calories in one single sitting. YUCK! (oh but oh so yummm and the same time)

1. Load up those veggies! Be the designated “veggie bringer” for your family and you’ll ensure that there are plenty of veggies to choose from. Forgoe the fatty, salty, processed dips and go raw. Veggies are a healthy choice to fill up on.

2. Drink your water No need to indulge in soda or alcohol, neither will get you closer to your goal of a slim, trim, fit body. Soda is full of either refined sugars or artificial sweeteners along with a whole bunch of other icky processed ingredients and alcohol will lower your inhibitions making it easy to overeat. Both will also zap your metabolism down to nothing.

3. Go for a walk! Why not get the whole family to go for a walk after dinner? Or, if no one is up for it, maybe it would be a nice break for you to get out and go by yourself! Yes, not everyone’s Thanksgiving dinner will be stress free and physical exercise is a fabulous stress reliever, and besides it will make you feel good!

4. Cut your portions in half… or even better thirds! You can eat foods filled with sugar and white flour and they do not trigger you to overeat you can still enjoy but cut your portion sizes. There is no “rule” that just because it’s Thanksgiving you must stuff yourself to the gills until you can hardly breathe! Yes, I’ve seen it before and it’s not pretty, the “after Thanksgiving” fallout of stuffed overindulgers.

5. Stay conscious. Are you even hungry? This is the most important tip for getting through your day without stuffing yourself – be aware, staying conscious of whether or not you are even hungry. If you aren’t physically hungry then wait until you are before you eat. Also stay aware of the time so that you’ll be hungry when dinnertime comes instead of snacking unconsciously beforehand.

Thanksgiving does NOT = Weight gain!! If you take these steps you will be on your way to fun, fit, and healthy Thanksgiving! But remember, overall enjoy yourself! Don’t take ANYTHING too seriously 🙂



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