It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Thanksgiving is this Thursday, and I am so thankful. I am thankful for family and friends and a God who is always good to us. I am also thankful for the privilege of writing for you guys, my readers. Thank you for reading my blog and giving me the support to keep going!
With Thanksgiving this Thursday, I wanted to share a few tips that will help you have a healthier Thanksgiving. Now, before I share, I want you to know that Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Our day is full of tradition, love, laughter, and amazing recipes. I believe Thanksgiving should be a day you embrace your family’s traditions and don’t hold back. Immerse yourself in the conversations, food, and football.
6 Ways to have a Healthier Thanksgiving Day
1. Work out hard Thursday morning.
My husband and I will be running the 10k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, a tradition that emerged about 4 years ago. After running 6 miles, Thanksgiving food will not go straight to my hips.
2. Eat your normal meals before Thanksgiving dinner.
Do not starve yourself Thanskgiving day. Eat your normal breakfast and snack before Thanksgiving lunch or dinner. When you starve yourself, you almost guarantee you will over eat during the meal.
3. Eat the dishes you are most excited to eat.
Green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole top my list of “must-eats.” I save plate space for extra of these dishes and eat less of the dishes that I like but don’t love.
4. Watch yourself going back for seconds.
If you eat the dishes you love most when you first serve yourself, you are more likely to be satisfied when your plate is empty. Think twice before going back for seconds. If you don’t go back for seconds, you will enjoy dessert that much more!
5. Only eat unhealthy at the meal itself.
If you blow it today, it’s really okay. I plan to eat whatever the heck I want on Thanksgiving (within reason, before I get too full). Because I love Thanksgiving dinner, I won’t eat junk leading up to the actual meal. I will save all my fatty calories for the meal itself and eat healthy meals before dinner.
6. Don’t let Thanksgiving left-overs prevent you from staying healthy.
Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving left overs!? I will most definitely eat left overs; however, my portions will be small and controlled. I will not treat the days after Thanksgiving like I treated Thanksgiving meal. Eat left-overs with extra caution, serving healthy sized portions.
I love Thanksgiving. On Thursday, I will work out hard in the morning. I will eat normal healthy meals before Thanksgiving dinner. Then I will enjoy all the wonderful food at the meal. I love being able to splurge on buttery sweet potatoes, salty and creamy green bean casserole, and decadent desserts. The only thing I won’t do is eat until it hurts; that’s never a good idea.
What about you?
How do you plan to have a healthier Thanksgiving?