The big day is just around the corner and I am sure many of you are looking forward to some delicious eats. However, it is too too easy to let the ‘holiday’ mindset get the best of you and spin you into a big hole of guilt. I definitely do not want any of you to fall into this feeling, nor do I want any of you to deviate from your fitness plans, so I am going to give you all my top tips for handling Thanksgiving the This Fit Chick way!
1. DO NOT skip meals leading up to the main meal. I know you are probably thinking you can save room for the ‘big feast’, but in reality, this is just going to lead you to overeat at the big meal (if not in quantity then certainly in calories) and you can end up eating more than you would have if you had eaten throughout the day (calorically speaking). Eat breakfast, eat lunch, or eat meals 1-4 if you eat on a mini-meal basis. These meals should be composed of vegetables, protein and fat to help with satiety and cravings. When the main meal comes, you will still be hungry and ready to indulge on some yummy foods, but you won’t be so ravenous that you devour everything in sight.
2. Drink water! You should be doing this all day, everyday anyways, but I just want to emphasize that you should be drinking water all day. This will help with many things, but most importantly it will keep you hydrated, which will help your hunger levels- dehydration often leads to an increased feeling of hunger, so drink up!
3. Get a workout in! It is important to spend the day with family, but try to wake up early to fit in a quick workout. 20 minutes is enough to get you pumped and help you feel on track for the day, which will help you make smarter choices when it comes time for the meal. However, don’t let a workout get you into the ‘I can eat anything because I worked out’ mindset. You can easily eat all the calories you burned in a 20 minute workout in just a a scoop of mashed potatoes. Gym closed? Try this circuit workout, this leg workout, or go for a run/walk outside!
4. Small portions at a time. Don’t go into the meal planning on having X many plates. Fill up your plate once- keep caution on your portions, sit down, visit with your friends/family and enjoy the food. Once you are finished, wait a good 10-20 minutes before getting up again. Talk with each other and enjoy the company- that is the whole point of this holiday anyway! If you are still hungry or want a little more of something then go up and get another portion of what you really want. Do not feel compelled to get seconds on everything. Also, always remember that the food will always be there! Take a reasonable portion as there is no need to take the whole lot- the food will still be sitting on the table/counter if you want more of it!
Hope you all enjoy tomorrow!
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