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Motivation

How to survive the feast.

Jena Chopson

Here we are again. Thanksgiving. This is generally an awesome time of year as it kicks off time spent with family, kicking it back a notch, and the season of giving.

It can also kick off a season of adding a few inches to your waistline.

I’ve had my share of holiday seasons where the holidays definitely won and my waistline lost. But the past couple of years I have come to figure out how to create a balance and prevent the average 10lb + weight gain over the holidays (yes, people really do gain 10lbs + over the holidays…crazy right?).

So here’s my top 5 tips on how to enjoy the holidays without loosening your belt buckle:

1.)  It ain’t no rest day.  Look, if you are planning on indulging (and if that’s what you WANT to do, then I think you should), then you should at least plan to get a sweat session in that day. Plan on getting it done first thing in the morning so you don’t have excuses for why you’re too stuffed and tired to do it later.

2.)  Cut back a little the day before and the day after. Create a balance in your week by perhaps cutting out 1 carb serving the day before and the day after Thanksgiving. I say carbs because we ALL know how carb-laden Thanksgiving day meals are. It’s not like we sit around saying “Man, I really over did it on the green beans and salad on Thanksgiving!”

3.)  Portion it out. You CAN have that pie and eat it too. Just stay mindful of your portions and keep it to ONE trip…mmmkay?

4.)  Leave room for the veggies, too. Look—have the turkey, stuffing, etc, but FIRST plate your food with veggies and be generous with those portions. That leaves less room for the other stuff ;)

5.)  Finally, don’t let this be your slippery slope. Thanksgiving is ONE day. It’s not your excuse to give up and turn the whole month of December into a huge indulgement fest. Have your day and then get back on track.  If you want my secret to getting back on track, I highly suggest trying something simple like the 3-Day Refresh to get you focused back on clean eating and nix those sugar cravings (literally in 3 days). You can read more about that here.

Holidays are meant to be enjoyed. So please DO. You are not allowed to beat yourself up for enjoying a holiday. Life is about creating balance, and I hope these tips can help.

Happy Thanksgiving, fit friends.

Jena


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