The holidays are officially upon us, and with them come the dread of gaining a few extra holiday pounds. This year, we want you to enjoy the holidays, but not to the detriment of your health and fitness goals. Here’s how to have a healthy Thanksgiving.
Know your weaknesses
What is the food on Thanksgiving that you just can’t say no to? Is it the stuffing? Or the yummy pumpkin pie that is served for dessert? Maybe its indulging in a few too many drinks throughout the day. Whatever it may be, identify it and then plan ahead. Tell yourself you are going to practice portion control this Thanksgiving. Only one slice of pie for dessert, only one drink at dinner or just one scoop of that delicious stuffing. There is no reason to deprive yourself of the things you love on Thanksgiving! You can still enjoy the foods that you love, just do so in moderation. That way you won’t be feeling sick by the end of the day.
There are plenty of healthier substitutes for every aspect of your Thanksgiving dinner, and they can be just as delicious if not better. Whether it’s the stuffing, the cranberry sauce, or the dessert you’ll enjoy after, there are a plethora of substitutes for each dish that is a part of your Thanksgiving tradition.
Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean you can’t still be active. You can find a local Turkey trot in your city here and join in on that. If running isn’t your cup of tea, some gyms are still open for limited hours on Thanksgiving so you can go and break a quick sweat. You could also keep it simple and go on a walk or a hike with your family and friends. After all, Thanksgiving is all about spending time with the ones you love and being thankful for all that you have. Get out in nature and appreciate all that is around you and what your body can do for you. If you start your Thanksgiving day with a healthy decision, you are more likely to continue making healthy decisions throughout the rest of the day.
Eat breakfast and lunch
One mistake people commonly make on Thanksgiving is to not eat breakfast or lunch in preparation for their big Thanksgiving dinner. However, if you skip meals at the beginning of the day, you are far more likely to over indulge on all the rich foods of Thanksgiving Dinner and dessert. Start your day with a healthy breakfast, like a smoothie, drink lots of water, and eat a good and filling lunch. That way, by the time dinner rolls around, you won’t be in starvation mode and it will be easier to avoid overeating.
The Sole team wishes you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!