Let's be honest. When we think of Thanksgiving traditions we probably bypass the pilgrims, skip over the football, and go straight to the turkey! Some of us like to bake it, others prefer to fry it, some stuff it, while others don't, some of us choose the dark meat, and others like the light meat, but one thing is for certain- we ALL love to eat it! Thanksgiving dinner is a special meal full of food favorites from pumpkin pie to green bean casserole, and of course, lots of gravy! Not exactly diet-friendly. Have no fear. We have a sure-fire plan to get you through the holidays while still indulging in your favorite family traditions.
Part 2- Surviving Turkey Day
#1- Get your sweat on- Now is not the time to get lazy on your fitness routine, if anything, you should pick up the pace! Try these MAX Training workouts to keep the pounds off:
- Tuesday- "The Mailman"
- Wednesday- "Head to Toe Circuit"
- Thanksgiving Day- "Lift Up, Slim Down"
- Friday- "Turkey Torture" (video coming soon!)
#2- Drink up- Sorry, I am not talking about martinis, but water. Aim for half your body weight in ounces. So if you are 140 pounds, you should drink at least 70 ounces or about 4 bottles of water. With all the high fat, high calorie food coming your way, you body needs to be hydrated to keep things moving!
#3- Rise and shine (and eat)- Do not skip breakfast in order to cut back on calories. Doing so will only lead to pigging out later. Instead, have a nutritious breakfast that is packed with protein and includes a serving of fruits and vegetables.
#4- Out of sight, out of mind- Fill your Thanksgiving table with centerpieces, not food. While a beautiful bird is the highlight of the meal, it is better to keep it out of reach. If you insist on serving the food at the table, bring it to the kitchen after everyone has filled their plates. You will have to make a conscious decision to get up from the table for seconds.
#5- Enjoy the company- I miss sharing the piano bench with my cousin, I miss Grandma's Swedish prayers, and I miss my family who has gone to be with the Lord. You can always eat food, but time spent with family and friends is priceless. Savor the moments.
#6- Nibble, nibble, nibble- Grandma's pecan pie, your Aunt's fudge brownies, and Mom's Christmas cookies are not to be missed! Rather than stuffing your face until you are too ill to continue, get a tiny slice or bite of each and enjoy them all without the guilt!
#7- Choose leftovers over seconds- Turkey sandwiches are the best! You don't have to finish up the casserole dish at the table. Saving some for later will keep you from overeating in one sitting and allow you to continue the food festivities later on. Or even better, send the leftovers home with your guests.
#8- Start a new tradition- Before everyone goes into a turkey coma in front of the TV, get outside for a football game of your own! If sports aren't your thing, go for a walk, try a game of corn hole, or if the weather permits, build a snowman!