Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tips on Enjoying Thanksgiving without Ruining your Diet

Are you someone that's freaking out about Thanksgiving tomorrow? Let's do a quick run down and hopefully calm those turkey day fears. 

First, I won't even pretend like I've ever cooked a Thanksgiving meal because I definitely haven't, but I did find some bloggers much more  versed in healthy turkey dinners. 

Here blogger Vared literally did everything except cook the meal for you. There is a menu, grocery list, and even suggestions on when and what order to cook things.


You can never go wrong with recipes from The Gracious Pantry, here is her Clean Eating Thanksgiving Dinner. 

And if you're just in charge of a side like me, I would check out these Baked Asparagus Fries, Honey Glazed Baby Carrots, Parmesan Garlic Roasted Mushrooms, and this Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad.  



Now that you have your recipes, how do you prevent derailing all your hard earned progress? First and foremost, Thanksgiving should be ONE meal. If you're eating at an odd hour (like I know we typically do) then make sure you plan ahead. If you're eating at 2pm then it's likely you'll be hungry again by 6 or 7-- so throw a protein bar or a piece of fruit and a protein shake in your bag. This will prevent you from going back for Thanksgiving dinner, round 2. Second, learn how to create your plate: Protein first, then salad and veggies and with the small area left on your plate you can take a few bites of the 'bad stuff' aka mashed potatoes, stuffing, biscuits etc. This allows you to eat a little of everything while still being mindful. When it comes time for pie, choose your favorite and have a small slice- or even just a bite. If you're still too full, skip it!  Next, do your best to get a workout in Thursday morning- most gyms have holiday hours so get in and get a good sweat, I know I'll be doing legs tomorrow! Lastly, leave the leftovers. Unless you're just taking home some plain turkey, there's no need to continue eating calorie laden food. Like I said above, Thanksgiving should be ONE meal, and if it is you'll be just fine! 

Happy Turkey Day! 

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