Tips To Stay On Track During Thanksgiving

Food & Nutrition, Holiday Fast Track, Uncategorized
Tips To Stay On Track During Thanksgiving

A time to be with loved ones, eat family favorite dishes and express our gratitude. I am talking about Thanksgiving. Along with all the wonderful things this holiday brings, it unfortunately can come with stress, unwanted pounds and feeling run down and sluggish. Add travel on top of that for some more added challenges, right?  However, if you are smart, you can stay on track to win.  I’m going to share some very easy and smart tips so you have no worries this Thanksgiving.

In no particular order, here are my best tips to still indulge, still have a wonderful time and still feel amazing throughout it all! We are going to watch out for the “B, L, T’s” (bites, licks, and tastes), stay active (Turkey Trot is a great idea!) and try to slow down.

With the proper hydration, proper sleep and staying mindful, you just can’t go wrong. It’s as EASY AS PUMPKIN PIE! Remember, our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. Let’s get started.

Drink More Water

No surprise there. You’ve heard it before and you will hear it again, but it is one of the best and easiest things you can do. Start your day off by polishing off two huge glasses of water, especially during a holiday like Thanksgiving. Your goal is to drink half your body weight in ounces. Example: if you weigh 150 lbs drink 75 ozs. It may sound a bit much but it is necessary. Trust me. Remember, you can flavor your water, if that helps.

Much of the time during the holidays people think by saving all their calories for the “big” meal is a fantastic idea. Sorry to tell you but it is not a good idea at all. It will just make you moody; you will over eat and in return, feel awful. It is never a good idea to not NOT eat. This will only backfire and make you feel more physically and mentally not so great and we do not want that.

  • Instead, start your day with a superstar breakfast. Great examples include; oatmeal, eggs, high-fiber cereal, smoothies, or the best choice–a green drink, are all great choices.
  • Again, most people try to save calories during the holidays but instead I recommend packing a snack and having something to eat before the big feast.
  • Also, bring your own dish if you really want to have this nailed. Nothing wrong with bringing in a veggie tray with hummus or fruit. This will help you not be so tempted to over indulge and keep your energy up.

Lighten up Dishes and Experiment with Recipe Modification

What this means is instead of comfort food all around the table, try a few new things. For example, try cauliflower mashed potatoes. You can make the traditional version, but try this too. You may be shocked at how much you like it. I make both every year but many guests request the cauliflower mashers! Remember, if you put it out, people will eat it.

  • Bring out the veggies and make sure you have a few healthier options with less fat, less sugar and less calories.
  • Great substitutions are to use applesauce or pumpkin instead of oil in muffins, cookies, or breads.
  • In place of sugar, try a sugar substitute or fruit purées.
  • Try Greek yogurt in replace of heavy sour cream or cream cheese for savory dishes.
  • Don’t forget to load up on the veggies and go for nutritional dense food like turkey, sweet potatoes, fresh cranberries, chest nuts and green beans.  At least there is still some nutrients in these. (Hopefully, they were not over cooked or drowning in butter!)

Eat Mindfully

This is a great time to eat mindfully, not only during the holidays like Thanksgiving, but for every day.  This is a huge tip if you want to lose pounds! We are all on the go, especially during Thanksgiving (travel, shopping, entertaining, etc.) but we need to slow down. This helps you to savor your meals.

  • A food journal would be a great tool right about now to help you monitor your meals.
  • Try to not hurry, try to watch your portions and try to skip seconds and you may just realize you don’t need them after all. This would be, in thanks, to that healthy breakfast and snack you chose in between. See how this works? This way you can still indulge without packing on all the pounds. Just be smart.
  • Remember to eat until you are SATISFIED, NOT STUFFED!

Try to Not Socialize by the Appetizer Table

Such a simple tip. Think about it. Ever been stuck with the awkwardness (we all have that one relative, right!) and then you look down a beautiful tray of fresh baked cookies or fried appetizers that are calling your name in hopes they will save you! Even if you are having a great time with all the food, you will eat mindlessly if you stay by the appetizer table. This takes you out of the present moment.

  • I say, grab some items on a small plate and walk away.
  • I also love to put a spoon in bowls of food like nuts, so people know how much they are putting in their hand. A simple tip with a great result and no one will notice. Plus, it’s more sanitary! Nuts are so great for you but not in HANDFULS!

Stay Active

Not a food tip, but you knew it was coming because I am a trainer! Exercise is usually put off  this time of year but I encourage you to not avoid exercise this year. In a dream world you would start the day off hitting the gym or do a Turkey Trot as I mentioned earlier. That can too much to ask though. So instead, I encourage you to be the motivator and keep the family active.

  • The best tip is to MOVE after the big meal.
  • This is a perfect time for the family to take a walk and have quality time together.
  • Record the game and put everything on pause. A walk, bike ride, hike, or taking the dog for a walk are all great activities. Plus, the kids will need to burn off some energy so have fun with them.
  • Play Frisbee, have plank or push up competitions and see who can do the most jumping jacks or burpee’s while you are at it. This will make you feel better and keep you healthy. Then when it’s time for pie, you won’t feel sluggish and you can still indulge!

So, that’s it! Try your best to focus on the holiday meal with friends and family. Be grateful for all you have and give thanks for all your blessings. We are all so fortunate to have this amazing food along with our health that ties us together. Give thanks and celebrate! Try to maintain your weight and not lose it. We all need a day of celebration that only comes once a year. Follow these tips you can have your “pumpkin pie and eat it too.”

Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours. When you coming over?

EAT WELL. STAY FIT. FEEL GREAT

Source:  by Monica Nelson

What Are Five Steps To Help You Fight For What You Want To Be Tomorrow?

Motivation, Inspiration and Encouragement, Uncategorized

Keep this in mind whenever you think about what you are now and what you are aspiring to be in the future.

Being yourself is something that only you can do and be on a daily basis. Despite the fact that there is at least one person who wants to be you and have at least a portion on what you have, there is nobody like you in the world. Whether you can see that now or not depends on how you see your life at this point.

Today’s inspiration is about learning to appreciate what you are and how to keep on fighting for what you want to be. There will be times where it is not easy to do either one or both, but if you apply the tools that will be given in this post, you will be able to overcome such moments and keep the fight going for yourself.

WHY ARE YOU NOT THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU ARE NOW?

The answers to this question will vary depending on the circumstances. Here are three facts for you to consider:

  1. What you are in your life is a result of the decisions that you, your parents, and other people whom have received permission to do so over time have made from birth until today.
  2. If you are constantly finding faults with what you are, you can never find the positives to be appreciative about.
  3. There is at least one person in the world who is thankful for what you are and/or who wants to be what you are right now.

It may not be at times to appreciate what you are to yourself or someone else, but know that there no price tag you can place on what you mean not only to yourself, but to at least one other person in the world.

WHY SHOULD YOU BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU ARE NOW?

As I have mentioned in the last question, there is no price tag you can place on your value to yourself and at least one other person. You may or may not have a variety of reasons to be thankful for what you are right now, but I want to share with you why I know you should be thankful for what you are now:

  1. Because you are always one bad decision from not being what you are right now, yet you continue to make enough good decisions to be where you are right now.
  2. Nobody else could have gone through the ups and downs that you have and still be standing like you are today. In my eyes, your life story is a true inspiration!
  3. Being that you are not one of the 151,600 people who die each day, you are given the chance each day to keep on living and striving to be what you want to be.

For whatever reasons you may come up with, you can see that there is at least some reason to be thankful for what you are now.

WHAT ARE FIVE STEPS TO HELP YOU FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU WANT TO BE TOMORROW?

Right now, you have the opportunity to keep the fight going and be the person you want to be tomorrow. Here are five steps that will help you accomplish this goal:

  1. Execute your plans and reach your goals to the best of your ability.Starting with today, execute your plan exactly the way you developed it and accomplish as many goals as you can do today.
  2. Accept the person that you are right now as your foundation.Look at the person that you are now and thank everything that comes with being you.
  3. Develop plans and goals that will put you closer to the person that you want to be tomorrow.Come up with plans that are realistic for you to execute and goals that are reachable for you.
  4. Reflect on your accomplishments for today.When the day is done, look back on what you have done and be thankful for everything that you have accomplished.
  5. Do it again tomorrow.Start all over again tomorrow with steps 1 through 4 and continue the process each day until you become the person that you want to be.

If you can follow these five steps, you will always be in the fight to ultimately be what you want to be.