Success Without Sacrifice During Thanksgiving!!
November 21, 2018
Thanksgiving is a magical time of family, friends, and lots and lots of FOOD. To better help you reach your goals, below are my 5 tips for a successful Thanksgiving weekend.
1) ENJOY YOURSELF-Holidays are meant to be enjoyed and this includes enjoying the decadent menu that’s being served. I’ll encourage you to practice mindful eating to the best of your abilities, however, if you find yourself eating that second piece of pumpkin pie, please remember that it’s going to be okay.
2) NO SHAME OR GUILT ALLOWED-I want you to wake up the day after Thanksgiving saying ” What a great day! I had so much fun catching up with my loved ones and I’m thankful for all the blessings in my life”. Believe it or not, you cannot shame or guilt your way into better health habits. If you happen to overeat on Thanksgiving, remember that you’re not a failure, you’re not weak, and you’re not unsuccessful. You’re simply only human and that’s a wonderful and complicated thing.
3) DON'T FORGET YOUR GOALS-Being successful at reaching health goals requires one important concept….not forgetting about the goal. It’s easy to get sidetracked during the holidays as there are a lot of temptations to overeat and be sedentary. However, allowing yourself to enjoy special occasions while not letting your goals escape your memory is a surefire way to guarantee success.
4) THANKSGIVING IS ONLY ONE DAY, NOT FOUR-If you celebrate Thanksgiving over multiple days, maybe you only eat one plate of appetizers or one serving of dressing to balance out your calorie intake. One day of indulgence=no worries. However, 4 days of indulging=an unpleasant and miserable weighted down Monday.
5) BE THANKFUL FOR YOUR BODY. NOW USE IT! Move! Move! Move!. I can’t stress enough how exercising helps tremendously with managing weight and blood sugar control during the holidays. Go for a walk after big meals, organize a family football game, or attend a morning exercise class to help you burn extra calories and feel better after eating rich, decadent food.
Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!