Have you ever suffered eater’s remorse?
If you’ve been exercising and watching your weight lately, you may be feeling you’re doomed as the holiday season approaches. Don’t worry, you can still enjoy the festivities without derailing yourself too much, and you’ll do a lot better if you have a plan. There are lots of smart strategies you can use to enjoy Thanksgiving, and yes, most of them will help you avoid the dreaded food coma!
It all kind of begins as we roll into Thanksgiving. For some of us, though, it KEEPS on rolling… all the way through Christmas, and then there’s New Year’s, too! It’s no wonder the gym is so packed in January!
Yes, you can enjoy Thanksgiving!
Not to worry though, a one day event like Thanksgiving isn’t going to set you back far enough to undo all your progress in one swoop. Unless, of course, that one day feast turns into a weekend of treats, which turns into a whole season of big meals and party food.
So let’s devise our plan!
My goal is not to deprive myself, but I do plan to be prepared with a strategy. I will enjoy Thanksgiving dinner using these tips – from how I fill up my plate to what I do the next day and throughout the weekend. I hope you will find some of them useful so you can enjoy Thanksgiving, too!
Rise and grind!
The first thing I will make sure to do is to get my workout in. This is a great start to a day that will be capped off with a bigger than usual meal. I’ll also make sure to do some extra cardio…
Fast forward to dinnertime and I’m ready to fill my plate…
Don’t start with the starch.
My first tip is to start “backwards” by NOT filling the plate with my starches, like rolls and mashed potatoes, first. Carbs are my definite weakness. Honestly, I could probably eat a whole plate of them and be quite satisfied. Don’t get me wrong, I WILL be eating them, but I won’t START with them. Instead, the veggies will go on my plate first, and they will fill almost 1/2 of the plate. Then there won’t be quite as much room for the bread and potatoes, and I can eat more food for fewer calories and better nutrients (and still possibly have my dessert). ;)
Next up is the protein.
Ok, now for the carbs!
Finally, time to eat!
You survived the meal, now what?
How about you? Do you have any similar strategies you can share for staying in control around all that food?
Psalm 136: 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.
Strength for your journey,