With Thanksgiving around the corner, it is easy to start getting nervous about how you will be able to maintain your weight-loss progress. Nothing, not even a holiday should get in the way of your goals. Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many because of the delicious one-of-a-kind feast that family and friends put together. A lot of people with dieting goals like to designate it as their “cheat day.” Why break the habit of your renewed healthy lifestyle for mushy and creamy food?
We are here to tell you that it’s possible to enjoy the holidays, eat delicious food, and still stay on track with your goals. Try one of these tips, or challenge yourself to all of them!
Breakfast of Champs
Thanksgiving meals are for dinner, so why give in to the excessive amount of carbs in the morning? Make it a mission to eat the healthiest of meals for breakfast. If you’ve been wanting to try a new power food, but not willing enough to give up a delicious carb-loaded breakfast, then Thanksgiving is your day! Just remember that you will feast later, and it shouldn’t be too much of a struggle to avoid the fats and sugars.
There are many 5k marathons that take place on or the day after the holiday. Why not make it a fun family activity and have everyone volunteer for a pressure-free, yet very active run! Getting your sweat in is the perfect balance to the number of calories and fats taken in from the feast. You won’t even have to feel like limiting yourself to your favorite sweet potato casserole because you will be getting an extra amount of exercise after! The best part is that most marathons are for a cause, and you will be doing everyone a favor in the holiday of giving.
Being First Is Better Than Seconds
Remember why you started your healthy lifestyle. Thanksgiving dishes are not the healthiest options out there, and getting seconds is excessive. Don’t feel guilty and do not stop yourself from indulging every now and then, especially around a holiday. Why should you overdo it with an extra amount on your plate? Practicing portion control will allow you to dig into every dish no matter how fatty!
Make Your Own Dish
Volunteer to make your own dish. Not only is that a good deed, but you will feel safe to know that at least one dish will be a part of your balanced diet plan. Use the holiday as an opportunity to cook up a healthy recipe you’ve been too busy to create.
Drinks Lots of Water
Of course, don’t forget about water! Water stops you from overeating and it’s a great mechanism if you’re afraid of your inability to resist seconds.
Challenge yourself to one or more of these tips to keep up with your health goals. Remember that just because Thanksgiving is a holiday, it doesn’t mean that you have to give in to food, especially large quantities of it. Enjoy the holidays and good luck with your health plan!