Well, here we are. It’s Thanksgiving Eve. Many of us are counting the minutes til the office closes and the kids get out of school so the long weekend can officially begin. If you have any last-minute prepping to do, take a deep breath and remember, somehow it’ll all get done. Don’t forget to do something good for yourself today. If you can’t get through your normal workout routine or make it to your favorite Wednesday spin class, try taking a walk to at least get your blood moving and clear your head.
Now let’s talk about the big feast day. I’ve always loved Thanksgiving. There are no gifts to buy and you can just enjoy quality time with family and friends. Of course, that quality time tends to be filled (or should I say stuffed?) with food, drink and football. Here are some tips to help you avoid overdoing it – at least when it comes to the food and drink:
- Get in some morning activity: Pop in an exercise DVD or pound the pavement in your neighborhood. If your gym is open, try an early morning group exercise class.
- Don’t skip breakfast: Eat something sensible to get your metabolism moving and to avoid being ravenous when you dig into that holiday meal. If your Thanksgiving feast isn’t scheduled until late afternoon, make sure to follow breakfast with a small lunch or sensible snack so you don’t go overboard later. Try adding a serving of almonds or high-fiber cereal (I love Newman’s Own Sweet Enough Honey Flax flakes) to a non-fat plain Greek yogurt with some fruit. Another satisfying breakfast or snack option: plain oatmeal with the non-fat Greek yogurt mixed in.
- Use a smaller plate (like a salad dish) for your meal: If there’s salad or veggies, load up on those first, then grab some turkey. Use the remaining space for the potatoes, stuffing and other starches. (There won’t be as much room left as you’d have on a regular dinner plate.)
- Eat slowly and enjoy: If you clean your plate, wait about 10 minutes before going back for round two. This will help you decide if you’re really hungry. If you aren’t, you’ll feel good knowing you had one helping – before moving on to dessert, of course!
- Watch the alcohol intake: This is a good day to follow the every-other-drink-is-alcohol plan. Enjoy a glass of wine, beer or cocktail then have a glass of water of diet soda before moving on to the next libation.
- Give away leftovers: If you’re hosting the holiday feast, don’t be shy about giving some of the uneaten turkey and trimmings to your guests.
I wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving and leave you with this final thought: whatever you do end up eating today, tomorrow is a whole new day to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!