Being healthy is a lifestyle, so one day will not make or break you. So let’s just go ahead and release that stress right away.
You do NOT have to be perfect on Thanksgiving….I mean eating 3 plates dosed in gravy probably isn’t the smartest but also think about how crappy that will make you feel.
Take a few deep breaths…..you will be ok. If you want to meditate before the family fun, craziness and large amounts of food are in front of you. Check this out.
Here are 5 tips to not over stuff yourself this Thanksgiving:
1) Eat breakfast
It is NOT ok to just not eat all day and then stuff your face and then pass out on the couch.
Get your metabolism going in the morning so that you can digest your food at dinner. Research has shown that skipping breakfast will actually make you hungrier and more likely to overindulge with unhealthy options for dinner. You don’t have to have a giant breakfast. I would go with a smoothie with some greens and fiber (check out this Green Magic Smoothie below) OR a tasty bulletproof coffee…. Learn more about Bulletproof Coffee
2) Drink water in between alcoholic beverages and just in general.
You can enjoy some wine or some kind of beverage with your Thanksgiving meal but rotate between water and alcohol so that you don’t eat a giant Thanksgiving dinner and drink that same amount in alcohol (that’s what gets you)! Learn more the benefits of water and more tips about ways to fuel your body right HERE
3) Put some green on your plate that’s not covered in gravy!
Don’t get me wrong I love my mom’s green bean casserole BUT that creamy mushroom soup base and the crunchy onions aren’t exactly the healthiest form of greens.
What do I suggest? Enjoy a salad with your thanksgiving dinner (don’t dose it in dressing) or have some of those veggies like carrots, cucumbers or celery without dipping them in anything.
The fiber in these veggies will help break up your food and aid in digesting the heavier things you will inevitability eat like turkey, mashed potatoes (I go for mashed sweet potatoes) and maybe that pie for dessert.
Want an idea for some veggies to make for your Thanksgiving feast? Try this recipe from my Clean Eating Challenge:
Makes 2 servings
2 beets, peeled and chopped
1 fennel bulb, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the beets, fennel, carrots, and onion to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with coconut oil. Mix until well coated. Bake in a shallow pan for about 30 minutes until the vegetables are soft and brown around the edges. When the vegetables are done, remove from the oven and season with salt and pepper. Allow to cool and serve with small salad and your favorite salad dressing from above recipes.
4. Move your body!
Instead of heading towards the couch after thanksgiving dinner, bundle up (well if you are in the midwest like me) or just gather your friends and family and go for a walk outside. That will get things moving and prevent you from laying around and just turning into mush/ getting engulfed by your coach cushions after thanksgiving dinner.
I am also a fan of doing some form of workout in the morning. My family usually does a flag football game before dinner….so much fun especially for a super competitive large family.
If that’s not your cup of tea, take a stroll, go for a run or a yoga class but find a way to move with those you love before you sit down at a table with them all afternoon/ evening. I will be taking my little sister to a Soul Cycle class with me this year on Thanksgiving day…..I am grateful that she is joining me because it’s going to be a 90 minute sweat session:)
5. Focus on what Thanksgiving is REALLY about.
Yes Thanksgiving and the holidays in general involve delicious food but it is really about being GRATEFUL! Being grateful for what you do have, reflecting on all that is good and positive in your life (even when you are down there is still something to be positive about) and surrounding yourself with people you LOVE. Remember to filly ourself up with gratitude, good conversations and connecting with your loved ones FIRST before you stuff yourself with food. When you fill yourself up with gratitude and connection, you will be full for a lifetime but when you only fill yourself up with food…you’ll be full for a few hours and then feel pretty crappy afterwards.
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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
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Have a Happy Thanksgiving and I am so grateful for you.
Dr. Katie Henry
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