Thanksgiving should be one day out of the year where you throw caution to the wind and enjoy whatever you want. But if you overdo it, you may feel tired, sluggish, and head down a slippery slope of overindulging until New Year’s Day. You can enjoy your feast while also keeping on track with your goals.
As NASM-certified trainer Myra Victa (@myravicta on Instagram) explained in an Instagram post, there are eight crucial tips for staying on track during Thanksgiving. Her tips are:
- Drink lots of water before, during, and after your meals.
- Prioritize protein and veggies.
- Enjoy the seasonal stuff, but be picky with your indulgences.
- Eat slowly and without distractions.
- Stop eating when you’re full or when something is no longer enjoyable for you.
- Be aware of grazing.
- Use the extra energy to kill your next workout.
- Lastly, have a great week, and focus more on spending time with your loved ones rather than obsessing over your diet.
You should enjoy the stuffing and pumpkin pie, but you don’t need to fill your plate with both; stick to moderate portion sizes to enjoy your food without going overboard. Same goes for grazing; it’s easy to hang out in the kitchen and mindlessly munch on crackers, cheese, and other apps before you sit down to eat. Be mindful of what you put on your plate, and make sure you eat slowly and enjoy every bite.
Most of all, enjoy the holiday! You’re bound to eat more than you typically do, which is fine; one day won’t derail the rest of your year’s worth of progress. If you do overdo it and feel sluggish, make sure you get right back to your healthy habits the next day.