It can’t be emphasized enough that if you want to be successful with your health, you have to do two things: plan ahead and prep for success. As Thanksgiving knocks on your door, it’s time to formulate a plan that you feel good about and then set yourself up with preparations and inspirations to be successful.
Thanksgiving is a One Day Affair, Not a Whole Month
There is a huge difference between waking up and celebrating your Turkey Day with family, friends, a long walk, football on the television, and ending the day with a slice of pie, and a week or month of trying recipes, holiday drinks with friends and a fridge full of leftovers that could feed an army. Your body can handle the first choice and carry about healthfully the next day, but the month long celebrating negatively impacts your energy, weight and health. Treat Thanksgiving as the one-day celebration it is – or better yet, one meal, sandwiched between your regular healthy breakfast and veggie snacking style — and stick to your healthful ways for the rest of the month.
Plan your Plates Ahead of Time
Instead of waking up and tasting the stuffing, picking at the corn bread and nibbling at the candied sweet potatoes all day long . . .
Prepare for an Empowered and Successful Day
If you are a guest, and plan to eat with abandon, whatever is served, you are not in control. If you plan to host a perfect replica dinner of Grandma’s recipes from 1950, you are not setting yourself up for success. Being prepared to eat healthfully is 90% of the work. Some preparation tips you might try:
Enjoy your Holiday
If you are worried that the hype of Thanksgiving eating is going to cause irreversible weight damage and you are dreading it weeks in advance, you are (like many of us) missing the point of the day. Once you’ve planned and prepped, relax and focus on the ‘thanks’ part of the day by focusing on your loved ones, being in the moment and making new memories to cherish.