The holiday season is upon us, and with the abundance of food that surrounds us during family and friends gatherings it can be easy for health and fitness to take a backseat. Here are five tips to “survive” Thanksgiving without overeating.
Often times thirst is easily confused with hunger, so staying hydrated can go a long way in preventing overconsumption of food. We tend to drink more water during warmer months to stay cool, but drinking water during cool months is just as important and often falls to the wayside. That makes focusing on your water intake even more important in the colder months. So, plan to start your day with a few glasses of water before your Thanksgiving meal. Remember it doesn’t just have to be plain water that counts towards your total water intake; other options include tea, sparkling water, adding lemon or mint, etc.
1. Quick Workout
Get in a morning workout; even it’s only 15 minutes of exercise it will make a huge impact on how you feel before and after your Thanksgiving meal. It will not only make you feel more energized, boost your metabolism and burn some extra calories, but it will also help prevent overeating.
3. Treat Yo’Self
When arriving to your family or friends gathering it’s important to survey the food choices and make a decision on what food you’re going to indulge in and what food you should skip. Remember it’s not about depriving yourself of something, if you really want the stuffing and cranberries then go for it. Also keep in mind that protein-rich food like turkey is going to be a lot more filling than a high carbohydrate dish like cheesy hash browns.
4. Bring a Healthy Dish
A lot of times you will be asked to bring a dish to the Thanksgiving meal, so why not provide a healthy dish that you can indulge in without feeling guilty. Pick a dish that is rich in fiber and protein and low in sugar. Here are two recipes that are nutrient dense, and also packed with flavor:
5. Get Active
After your Thanksgiving meal the last thing you should do is sit yourself down on the couch and go into food coma, which may be hard considering Thanksgiving is a day also known for watching football. Why not go outside and play some catch football with family or friends or go for a quick walk around the block if the weather allows. Doing some light activity following dinner will speed up digestion and decrease that yucky feeling you get after eating a heavy meal.