Hi Healthy Friends! It is a well-known and sad statistic that the average American gains 7+ lbs between Thanksgiving and New Year. While it is really fun to go to parties and gatherings, but just by paying a little closer attention to what you're putting in your mouth, you can avoid looking in the mirror after Christmas thinking....what have I done??
So know this: you don't have to be a statistics. I work with my clients 1:1 to determine the best course to take to avoid the holiday bloat and still enjoy time with family and friends. Remember that overindulging does not make a good next few weeks for anyone.
Here are some of my favorite tips for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is essentially a healthy and paleo meal - if you know what to eat. Choose turkey (especially the breast portion) and keep your portion size around 4-6 ounces. That is essentially the palm to your entire hand to give you an idea. With your turkey, eat vegetables - best way to do this? Bring your own side dish of roasted veggies.
Best vegetables are of course the green ones. Broccoli with almonds, or asparagus, or brussel sprouts with bacon bits, or simply roasted with a little extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.
Try to avoid rolls and butter - it will make you bloaty and will make you crave more sweets.
Enjoy a sweet potato with your turkey vs. mashed potatoes. When roasting your greens you're bringing with you, throw a sweet potato in the oven for good measure. Sweet potatoes are superior to regular potatoes when it comes to nutritional value, so pick those instead of a butter and milk laden mashed potato dish.
If you feel like you can't do without dessert, choose the pumpkin pie, but only eat the filling (most of the bad stuff is in the crust). Better yet, sautee some apples in ghee and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Choose fresh cranberry relish (make your own if you can in the blender - just cranberries, an orange, some orange juice and a little stevia if necessary). Canned cranberry jelly is nothing but sugar.
Try to stay away from alcohol by sipping on flavored seltzer water. If you choose to drink alcohol, remember that the sugar in alcohol takes precedence over everything else your body is digesting. Your body puts everything on the backburner (storing as fat) while it deals with digesting alcohol.
Try to load up on healthy foods during the day leading up to your dinner with family. Eat lots of healthy clean protein and veggies. Don't show up to the dinner hungry.
Though food is always the center of attention at Thanksgiving, think of what else will be there that you can focus on - little kids, someone's puppy, time spent with friends and family, all the progress you've made this year in your health and wellness, everything else you are GRATEFUL for!!!
But remember....if you do end up overindulging, the very next meal is your opportunity to focus your efforts on healthy. It's not the end of the world too eat to much.
If you need help, I work with my clients 1:1 on developing techniques that will help them avoid the holiday weight gain and start 2018 with a healthy and happy mindset. Happy Thanksgiving!