Here are my six tips on how to stay on track while still enjoying your holiday meal!
1.) Start your day with a workout
Workout in the morning. You might be traveling, you might be hosting. Whichever it is, get your workout in. It can be a video, going to the gym, taking a walk in your neighborhood Just do it. You'll jumpstart your metabolism and feel good about yourself, also bringing down your stress level. It's been proven that when you work out in the morning, you're more likely to make positive and healthier choices the rest of the day.
2.) Drink LOTS of water
Water is the biggest tip I can give, all day, every day. Make sure you start drinking it in the morning and continue filling up all day long. You'll eat less and feel better if you do this!
3.) Mama's NOT always right!
What I mean by that is I was ALWAYS told to stop snacking, because it would fill me up before our meal. However, so many times people starve themselves all day in anticipation of the big turkey meal and then they are so hungry, they BINGE when it's time to actually sit down and eat.
4.) You don't HAVE to clean your plate
You do NOT need to clean your plate. Make sure you eat slowly and actually taste what you are eating. Be conscious about what you are consuming and if you feel full, it's okay to STOP eating. I heard through my entire childhood that some child in Africa or China was starving, and that I needed to finish the food on my plate. The older I grew, I started realizing that as unfortunate as that situation is, there are also children and adults who are dying from obesity. So, when you're full, STOP eating!
5.) Eat it all
Our Thanksgiving feasts are filled with more options than our average meals. You don't have to pass up the "good stuff" because you are worried about the calories or nutrition. During dinner, take a little bit of everything you want and fit it all on ONE plate. This way you'll get a taste of it, without the issue of portion control .
6.) Find a dessert buddy
Often we deprive ourselves from the foods we crave… like desserts. I'm a firm believer that if you deprive yourself long enough, you'll end up binging and eating 2-3 times more than you would have originally. So, find a buddy (or two!) and take ALL of the desserts and share. This way you are able to taste them all, without the guilt of eating your daily calories in dessert.