Fit for the Feast!
What tools do you have in your toolbox this Thanksgiving season to survive ENJOY the holiday’s? No, I don’t mean wrenches and screwdrivers, or power tools to loosen your belt after downing those delicious mashed potatoes and gravy! Let’s “hammer” home some ideas and concepts we can throw into our toolboxes this season to help us truly be thankful for the things that matter most in life, like FOOD (ok, ok, I mean family…)! Remaining fit and healthy through the holidays IS possible without dieting.
Tool #1: DON’T fast for the feast.
Many people tend to cut back on their energy consumption until the “feast” begins. While this may seem like a good plan in theory, it leads to overeating and uncontrollable hunger later in the day. It also slows your metabolism! Munch on some vegetables and hummus or throw a fruit & yogurt parfait together before heading out the door.
Tool #2: It’s YOUR choice in the end.
Don’t deprive yourself of the special occasion foods you love! The more you tell yourself you’re dieting and “can’t” or “shouldn’t” have something, the more likely you are to overeat it later in the evening. Pick and choose what is most enjoyable to you. If it comes down to your aunt’s excellent sweet potato casserole or your cousin’s famous brownies and you still can’t decide, have both! Yes, I did just say to have both. Are you wondering where the catch is? Well…if you choose to have both, cut back on the portion sizes of both so you can still enjoy without overeating.
Tool #3: Don’t skimp on the workout.
Whether it’s an annual turkey trot or a brisk morning walk, don’t forget to exercise before you head out to celebrate the holidays. Exercising has been shown to help maintain normal hormone levels that control appetite and metabolism even when we eat more than we should, especially around the holiday season.
Tool #4: Be mindful about seconds.
If you are still feeling hungry after finishing Thanksgiving dinner, go for some more turkey or vegetables. Proteins and vegetables help fill us up quicker, provide excellent sources of fiber and the amino acid tryptophan which helps us make the happy, feel good neurotransmitter serotonin and keep us fuller longer! Remember to save room for dessert ;) Pumpkin pie is on the way!