Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tips
Happy Motivational Monday! This Thursday is Thanksgiving for us in the US. I know those in Canada celebrated last Month! It was werid for me to celebrate in October when I lived in Canada. Its time for Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tips!
Thanksgiving tends to really pack on the pounds, while also leading to a slide in eating and exercising habits that persists all the way to New Years. I recommend several ways to battle the bulge this time of year. I am also offering a Free Special Holiday Support Group on Facebook. These Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tips will also help keep you on track!
As a fitness Coach, I get a lot of this time of year who are concerned about “overdoing it” during the holiday season. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spent 1.2 hours eating and drinking, and 3.7 hours in front of the TV on Thanksgiving Day, on average. About 18 percent of Americans spent a few hours engaging in sports-related activity on this feast day. I have complied some of my best Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tips!
Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 1:
Make exercise part of your family’s annual tradition. i.e. Instead of socializing around the food table, why not try talking while walking or taking a bike ride? Playing basketball? By moving before eating, you will rev up your metabolisms to burn more calories for the next few hours. A post-dinner walk will prevent drowsiness and keep the metabolism going as well
Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 2:
Get together with siblings and other family members to run races on Thanksgiving morning, or play flag football. Brian and I have done a “Turkey Trot” and this year we have already mapped our Turkey Day Run. We love using mapmyrun.
Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 3:
Avoid skipping breakfast. Sure, you may think it would be a good idea to “save calories” from breakfast and gorge more come dinner time. However, this is counterproductive. By skipping breakfast, you set yourself up for overeating, as the body begins to drop dangerously low in blood sugar levels, which will spike as soon as any food is introduced into the system.
Good breakfast choices include a fiber-rich breakfast like whole grain cereal with a glass of low-fat milk, a slice of whole wheat toast with egg whites, shakeology, oatmeal with berries. This will keep you feeling full longer and decrease your likelihood of overeating.
Here is a great Thanksgiving Shakeology Recipe:
Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 4:
Be mindful of what is going into your mouth. Its SO easy to stand by the buffet table and snack away, but this can be easily avoided by taking a small plate filled with primarily vegetables. by swapping plates: put your salad and veggies on the dinner plate and the rest of the dinner items on your salad plate. According to numerous studies, you are more likely to overeat when you choose larger plates. Scientists blame the Delboeuf illusion, which is responsible for making the proper serving of turkey (the size of a deck of cards) look filling when put on an 8” dish or meager on a 12” dish.Take your time, chewing slowly and more deliberately. It takes time for your brain to catch up with your stomach! Give your stomach time to digest.
Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 5:
Try putting a healthy twist on traditional dishes. For example, instead of green bean casserole, try baking steamed green beans with cooked onions and mushrooms drizzled with olive oil and topped with parmesan cheese.
Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 6:
Drink plenty of water. Alcohol and coffee can dehydrate your body. Drink calorie-free water to help fill up your stomach and keep you hydrated. Drinking water also helps curb overeating.
Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 7:
Don’t Desert Dessert. Dessert does not have to be unhealthy, yet on holiday occasions, usually it is. This is an area you can take charge of and make sure that there is a dessert that is healthy by bringing some healthy options. Ideas include a fresh fruit salad or berries with non-fat whipped cream.
Overall, Enjoy this time with your family and friends. Be Thankful for their love and support. Make sure to eat your meals slowly, make sure your portion sizes are small, and enjoy the experience of eating rather than rushing through the process.
After the holiday, don’t get discouraged with yourself. Accept that you had a great meal and move forward. Long-term success is a journey littered with holidays and celebrations. Jump right back into the swing of your normal routine, and remember that I am always here to give you a little push when you need one. I hope these Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tips help! Contact me HERE or Sign up for FREE Coaching!
Thank You for Being You! Happy Thanksgiving!