I love Thanksgiving! It’s a beautiful time to spend with family laughing and eating delicious and traditional dishes. But when you’re right in the middle of setting new health goals, it can be a stressful time. I have clients ask me every year if they should track their Thanksgiving dinner. That question is then usually followed with something like, “And how will I know what’s in the sweet potato casserole that Aunt Patty made?” I personally choose NOT to track my Thanksgiving dinner. I feel that it kind of sucks the enjoyment out of it. If you have a strict deadline to reach for your health goals, then yeah for sure track your dinner. But if you’re like me and just trying to live a balanced life while reaching your health goals, here are some SUPER simple tips on how you can enjoy the day with less guilt AND without tracking.
1. CUT DOWN THE SUGAR – Did you know you don’t have to add all the sugar that’s called for in a recipe? Sugar usually is just for taste, it won’t mess with the consistency. So, if a recipe calls for 2 cups of white sugar, try just adding even a 1/3 cup less (more if you can!). My guess is, you may not even notice.
2. DON’T EAT THE WHOLE THING – Listen, you DON’T HAVE TO FINISH what’s on your plate. I give you permission. Especially if you want to try 3 different types of pie. Just take a taste of each and put your napkin on top of it and call it a day. I also like to sneak tastes of my husband’s or kids’ treats instead of dishing up my own (my husband has learned to dish up extra just in case!).
3. DRINK LOTS OF WATER – Water is important every day. But if you aren’t consistent in your water intake yet, make a concerted effort to drink lots of water a few days leading up to Thanksgiving as well as afterward. That way, you can be sure you’re well hydrated and won’t get your signals mixed between thirst and hunger. The water after the meal will help your body do its job in flushing out and detoxing like it’s built to do.
4. STOP WHEN YOU’RE SATISFIED – Be mindful as you eat and stop when you feel satisfied. Don’t wait until you’re over-stuffed and unbuttoning your top button AND part of your zipper. You’ll not only be proud of yourself, but you’ll feel better too.
5. TAKE A DEEP BREATH & ENJOY – Listen, I fully encourage you to set realistic goals for your Thanksgiving and holiday meals. But to be honest, I have THE hardest time limiting myself at holiday meals. If you’re the same, just give yourself grace and feel gratitude for the abundance of blessing in your life. You deserve it.
I also want to express my gratitude for YOU! Thank you for being a part of this community. It is SO motivating to hear your stories and watch you reach your goals. It truly makes my heart happy. I wish you the happiest of days with your loved ones.
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