I love the holiday season but the holiday stress makes it difficult to keep personal goals in check.
Did you know, the average person consumes 4500-6500 calories on Thanksgiving? That’s almost 2 pounds in one meal!
Check out my top tips to feel comfortably full and satisfied, and enjoy your family and friends. Let’s do this holiday without your mind getting sugar- crazed and being in full-on food coma. (We’ve all been there;)
15 Thanksgiving Tips to Feel Comfortably Full and Enjoy this Holiday!
▪ Have a plan – Set an intention that morning of how you want to feel and what you want the day to be like for you. Also, it’s important to eat breakfast and not go starving.
▪ Stay hydrated – Often times we mistake thirst for hunger. Water also helps to register how full you are and gives you breaks between bites.
▪ Wear fitted clothes – This keeps you connected to your body and conscious of your belly. That’s your inner fullness meter. Pay attention!
▪ Plan activities – Workout in the morning before the festivities to help keep you aligned with your personal goals. Plan fun activities with your friends and family. Get everyone involved in moving more on this day!
▪ Stay out of the kitchen – If you have to be in the kitchen to cook and help, keep grazing to a minimum. Wait to sit down and truly enjoy the full meal ahead. Make this pact with yourself now;)
▪ Fill up on the good stuff – Eat your salad and veggies first.
▪ Scan the food – Only put on your plate foods you are excited to eat and enjoy them! There is no point in eating food you’ll later regret.
▪ Portions – You can always go back for seconds. Take small amounts and check in with yourself so you don’t overeat.
▪ Ask yourself – How do I want to feel at the end of this meal, at the end of this day? Is that second piece of pie worth tight jeans?
▪ Desserts – If it’s not a “Hell Yes, it’s a Hell No!” I love this because you should really love the dessert you are having. Be present, take your time with it and enjoy it!
▪ Hunger levels – Pay attention to your hunger cues. Stop when you’re full and wait to eat until you feel hungry.
▪ Get sleep the night before – When we are exhausted on food centered holidays and events, we are like empty pits. Our hormones are all over the place, we can’t get full and our bodies are craving energy so it wants carbs and sugar.
▪ The word “NO” – Please do not go into the situation putting limitations on your food – your subconscious does not understand the word “No” so when you say you won’t eat 2 pieces of pumpkin pie-guess what your mind is saying “EAT 2 pieces of pie” and that is on repeat!
▪ Mantras – Give yourself love! Gratitude needs to start with you first and foremost. Your body is the best place to start because it’s the only one you have and does whatever you ask it to…and we place some pretty harsh demands and words on ourselves. I love myself, I love my body, I am grateful for all you do.
▪ Have fun! This is a holiday – enjoy, smile, laugh, love and be grateful for everything and everyone in your life, especially you!
I hope you enjoyed these tips!
Now, I’d love to hear from you, what are your best tips for staying slim and sane during the holiday season? Share with me below.
Wishing you a beautiful, healthy and very happy holiday with your family and loved ones!