Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for all of Gods’ blessings. But most people spend the day sitting watching parades, football and overeating. For many people, Thanksgiving is the beginning of about six weeks of feasting. It’s no wonder that the average person gains anywhere between 1 and 10 pounds through the holidays. But then, you never wanted to be average and there’s nothing wrong with a little self praise when the holidays are over and you haven’t gained a pound. So it’s time to boost your self control and set tighter controls on holiday temptations.
Thanksgiving Day Suggestions:
• Challenge yourself to eat healthy and balanced throughout Thanksgiving day. Always start your day with a perfectly balanced 40-30-30 breakfast.
• Set aside at least an hour that day for a “me time” workout. Also, try to include the magic three; cardiovascular training, strength training and stretching. You’ll feel better all day and have that extra incentive not to sabotage a great workout by binging on excess calories.
• Avoid all the extra calories of alcohol and soft drinks and enjoy hydrating your body with pure water. Use a fancy wine glass and add a slice of lemon, lime or mint leaves.
• Always fill your own plate to control portion size and never feel that you have to take some of everything. Limit starches to 1/4th of your plate or less.
• Begin your meal by eating several bites of protein first. Protein digests more slowly than carbohydrates and can help control blood sugar better. Eat slowly and join in conversation with family and friends.
• If you decide to splurge on the pumpkin and pecan pie with whipped cream, just know it can easily add an extra 900 calories and more than 60 grams of fat. Try a sliver of each and savor the flavor instead. You’ll be glad you did.
• Thanksgiving is a day when many people eating are three times the calories than normal. Keep in mind that a splurge might be allowing yourself a small scoop of dressing with gravy and cranberries. But loading your plate with potatoes and gravy, marshmallow yams, ambrosia salad, gooey bean casseroles, dinner rolls with butter and seconds on dessert is excessive. Meals with excessive calories can increase your risk of indigestion at the least, cause gallbladder pain or even a heart attack. So remember to be good to yourself and give thanks for your good health and many blessings.
Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
*Joyce Daoust is a Certified Nutritionist, Balance Bar® spokesperson and national best-selling co-author of THE FORMULA, A Personalized 40-30-30 Weight Loss Program