Five Tips To Survive Thanksgiving (and other holidays.)
The Holidays are upon us!!!!
...Sorry. I got a little ahead of myself.
How’s it going? Thanksgiving is tomorrow. That means being forced to sit at a table with greasy turkey, sweet potato casserole, and a large pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream.
Why are we put through this every year?
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It’s good to be reminded to be grateful for what we have. But why do we remind ourselves of that by putting ourselves into compromising situations that leave us open to hurting our diet and fitness goals?
Unfortunately, you can’t skip the feast without ticking off your family. But I can offer you some tips to get through the day without ruining your diet.
Tip #1: Fill up on water BEFORE you get to Thanksgiving Dinner!
If your host wants you there ten, twenty, or thirty minutes before dinner starts, drink a liter or two of water before you leave or even on the way there. Water is a great tool to fill you up so that when the time comes to sit in front of the feast, you won't feel capable of overdoing it.
Tip #2: Sit on the side of the table OPPOSITE of all the sweets and carbs.
Now, I don't know how your table is going to be set up. But if you're lucky, there will be a corner of the table that puts you further away from all those damaging carbohydrates. Try sitting away from those dishes. And if someone happens to pass one of those dishes your way, kindly decline and take a big old bite of green beans. Speaking of which...
Tip #3: Eat A (Controlled) Portion of Lean Meats And Veggies.
Odds are, you will see a big turkey, ripe for the carving, on your table. You may even see some ham. You might consider eating white meat turkey, and ham that's more meat than fat. Vegetables should be a great percentage of what you're eating. Green beans, broccoli, spinach, salad (with a low-fat dressing, of course) are all great options to give you nutrients your body really needs.
Tip #4: If You REALLY Want That Dessert Over There, Eat ONE Slice, And Wash It Down With Water.
Let's face it, you don't want to be the only one forgoing dessert. If the desire is high enough, you can go ahead and have a slice (or two) of dessert. That said, don't eat any dessert until AFTER you have filled up on your meat and veggies. When you're done with dessert, you need to wash it down with a tall glass of water. The thing is that sugar can sit on your tongue, forcing you to crave more of it, for hours after you have some. Wash it off your tongue with water, and you should be fine.
Tip #5: Avoid The TV And Go Outside.
If Uncle Frank is insistent that everyone just sit down and watch the big game, you need to remain strong. It's time to get a game of touch football organized. Get the whole family involved! If this isn't working, offer to take all the nephews and nieces to the local park or out to the backyard to burn some calories. No sane adult will deny you your offer to get the kids OUT of the house. Burn those calories.
BONUS TIP: It's A Holiday. Don't Be Too Hard On Yourself.
You can enjoy yourself. You can have that second slice of pie if you want. You can have a scoop or two of mashed potatoes. You can politely decline Aunt Aline's putrid-smelling brussel sprouts. Just remember that Friday is the day to get back to eating right.
Enjoy the holiday, everyone! If you're not celebrating anything tomorrow, it's okay. These tips are great for any of the upcoming holidays. And if you're interested in getting some specialized training, you can take advantage of our new bootcamp series, which is totally free!
Until next time, good luck and train hard!