Here’s an acronym to help you remember 10 ways to stay on track this Thanksgiving.
- Give yourself permission to enjoy the holiday without guilt or shame. Before you gather around the Thanksgiving table, decide what treats you’re going to enjoy. Have a little and be satisfied. You’ll feel empowered, not guilty.
- Include plenty of water. High calorie drinks really add up. Save the calories for something you really want.
- Variety is key to keep you feeling satisfied. Load your plate with a variety of fruits, veggies, and a serving of turkey. To feel more satisfied and not sluggish the rest of the day, stay away from the heavy, starchy carbs like breads and potatoes as well as the high sugar foods.
- Enjoy family and friends; the holidays are not about food!
- Think ahead and plan accordingly. You probably have many food traditions. Decide your boundaries ahead of time.
- Have some down time to rest. It’s hard to make good choices when you’re tired. Get a good night’s sleep so you can be refreshed and ready to tackle the day on your terms.
- Always keep moving. Schedule time to get in a quick workout or a walk before the big meal or after if you eat your big meal mid-day.
- No! Don’t be afraid to say it when you need to. It’s ok to pass on the foods that don’t line up with your goals.
- Kiss old habits good-bye and create new ones. If Thanksgiving usually means an all day pig-out, make this the year you take control of your holiday bingeing.
- Start TODAY! Begin making little changes before Thanksgiving so you won’t be so overwhelmed. Make time to exercise, get that water bottle handy, and stock your kitchen with healthy food options like plenty of whole, fresh foods.
Have a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving!