Most people put little thought into how they attack their thanksgiving feast. If you’ve been killing yourself with your workout routine and trying hard to keep the weight off then you will need this strategic plan to keep the pounds away! These tips on how to eat for your goal on Thanksgiving are simple but can make a huge difference. This also works for other huge meals and large parties that are centered around dining.
How To – Eat For Your Goal On Thanksgiving (eat in this order)
1.) Protein and Veggies (minus excess butter) Trumps EVERYTHING when you are trying to fill up without gaining – Eat your meats and proteins and veggies FIRST (1)
2.) Natural Carbs – Fruits get our number 2 place for natural carbs for energy and brain power.
3.) Carbs (with less fat) – If you have to eat carbs then you would choose the rolls and natural potatoes. They have less fat then the creamy dishes.
4.) Here Comes the Fat and the Carbs! – Stuffing and mashed potatoes are staples for Thanskgiving BUT unless a nutritionist is making your meals, they are some of the fattiest dishes on the table! Fill up BEFORE touching those!
5.) Fat, Carbs plus refined sugars… need I say more?? There’s a reason they are #5! Stay away or have very little portions
Additional Fitness Tips
Eat BEFORE YOU GO – i know this sounds counter productive but the more you eat before you go, the less you will want to eat at the event! Fill up on protein, some healthy fat and moderate carbs (you want to save most of your cabs for the dinner).
Babysit A Water Bottle – Toting around a water or low calorie drink during an event may seem tedious but drinking 8oz of water ever hour of the party can keep you from overindulging and it allows you to flush out all the bad food faster! Say goodbye to the usual holiday bloat!
Stay Occupied – Bring Games or play games on your phone. Keep your mind busy through conversation and stay away from the snack table.
Warm It Up – Along with that low calorie beverage are hot drinks! Warm teas and coffees (minus all the bad junk), fill you up and the warmth hits the spot!
Bring Your Own Healthy Dishes – Chances are your family aren’t focusing on “healthy” dining during this holiday season. Bring some healthy snacks and make sure you have your own serving (there should be plenty 😉
If you have other fitness tips on eating for your goal on thanksgiving, feel free to add a comment on this article. Have a healthy and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
CES, PES, CPT, BS