5 tips to survive Thanksgiving

The holidays can be tough on people trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight. With pumpkin pie, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and all of our favorites served up in one day, Thanksgiving can have a bad reputation for being a total diet destroyer. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can enjoy food and time with family with a few tricks up your sleeve, not do too much damage to your nutrition plan.

5-tips-to-survive-thanksgivingI know I plan on enjoying Thanksgiving. I won’t be a glutton for punishment and outdo myself. It would be disastrous and my goal is to enjoy what I cook for myself and possibly some time with friends.

As far as diet goes, you can survive it. Unless you have some restrictions, you can eat with your friends and family. I was able to even enjoy Thanksgiving when I first started competing. If I can do it, you can too.

Here are 5 tips you can use to survive Thanksgiving:

Don’t eat everything in sight. Whether you are hosting or heading out on Thanksgiving Day, do not starve yourself all morning. It will only hurt you later when you want to scarf down everything in sight. Make sure you eat something for breakfast or have a handful of nuts about an hour or two before the big meal.

Pick your favorite. Thanksgiving is meant to be a celebration, so don’t completely deprive yourself.  This doesn’t mean go all out either. Pick one or two dishes that you know you can’t live without and have them in moderation. For me, that is macaroni and cheese and sweet potatoes.

Make it your “treat meal.” When living by the 80% clean eating and 20% treat rule as well as exercising 4-5 times a week, you can truly enjoy your Thanksgiving meal. I know I will.

Freeze or share leftovers. Hang on to that turkey and vegetables, but when it comes to things like casseroles and desserts, make sure to store them away for a special occasion or send them home with family. They will only haunt you the next few days in your pantry or fridge.

Get up and move. Since many people are off work on the holiday, it is the perfect time to go for a brisk Fall walk with your family pre or post-meal. What about touch football with the family?

What Thanksgiving tips do you have?

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