If you’re anxious about the upcoming Thanksgiving feast, you’re not alone! This day is full of family and festivity, but with plentiful dishes, it can be a challenge because you don’t want to eat away all your weight loss progress.
BUT TAKE HEART: You can still enjoy all your favorites at the table this year — but in a healthier way while sticking to your diet plan.
The Day Before
Make a Healthier Alternative
Thanksgiving Day-style casseroles are often high in sugar, fat, and other extras. Volunteer to bring your own dish to have a healthier option on the table. You can still enjoy all of your favorite holiday flavors — but in a more nutritious way.
Don’t Lose Sight of What Matters
Frustrated with long lines at the grocery store or picking out the perfect outfit to wear to get-togethers? Don’t sweat the small stuff. The holidays are about spending time with loved ones. They won’t notice if you don’t bring the perfect dish or if your hair is in a messy bun. They just care that you’re there.
Visualize Yourself to Success
Think ahead of time what you will eat. Decide how you want to feel when you’re done with your meal. Stuffed and miserable? Or comfortable and content? Then fill your plate accordingly. Your future self will thank you!
On Thanksgiving Day
Wear Snug Clothing
Choose a form-fitting garment — think jeans or a curve-hugging dress — for your dinner attire. This will help you stay mindful about what you eat and give you a physical reminder of when you’re full.
Slow Down and Savor
Tune in to the tastes, textures, and aromas of your meal. Savoring your food leads to more pleasure — and fewer bites. When you can focus on the physical experience of eating, you will be more mindful and know when you are comfortably full.
Be Mindful Of Serving Sizes
With many delicious foods, the temptation to stuff yourself and fall off your diet is undeniable. However, take this as an opportunity to practice what a healthy plate of food looks like. You can eat at another meal, so there’s no need to eat as though food is scarce.
Post-Holiday Tips To Get Back On Track
Thanksgiving can be warm, fuzzy, and fabulous. But veer off your diet, and you may feel bloated, full, and regretful the next day. Follow these tips to help you get back on track.
Give Yourself Grace
Don’t beat yourself up if you ate more than you planned on Turkey Day. Accept that what happened yesterday is in the past. Your healthy habits the other 364 days of the year are what truly matters.
The extra sodium in holiday meals causes more water retention and belly bloat. Water helps flush any toxins from your system naturally and aids in digestion. We recommend drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces daily.
Get Rid of Leftovers
Pack up leftovers for guests, or kindly refuse leftovers if you’re not hosting. If you have leftovers, remember to portion control and return to normal eating habits as quickly as possible. The more you stray from routine, the harder it will be to return to it.
It’s time to re-focus and remind yourself of your health and fitness goals. Stepping on the scale gives you a snapshot of where you are now to take positive steps that bring you closer to the body and future you want.
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