Happy Thanksgiving! I love this time of the year. It’s a great kick-off to feeling festive and being around those you care for. With the excitement happening today it can be easy to toss your health and wellness habitudes out with the turkey carcass!
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for enjoying life and for good things in moderation. I firmly believe that there are certain foods and traditions that you should give in to since they only come around once a year! But remember, even with all the traditions and partying, part of your Habitudes for the Holidays Challenge is to stay committed!
Today I challenge you to be mindful all day. From the moment you rise until your head hits the pillow, think ahead and make choices you are happy with. I believe we are under a misconception that overeating on this day will give us pleasure. But it is hard to stop the eating after you begin, and food will only give us pleasure up to a point. Indigestion will surely follow! Today be mindful to pace your eating and try not to sit too much. Say yes to something that is really worth it, and pass or take smaller portions on some of the other food items at the table. Don’t be afraid to make some of the old Thanksgiving favorites a little lighter if you are the one doing the cooking. (I always try to bring a healthier option to our holiday feasts. Not sure if our families truly appreciate my kale salad or not, but I try!) Be the one to show your family and friends that eating healthy can be delicious! Choose to eat foods that are not only tasty but nutritious as well. Don’t rush your meal, but explore the textures, aromas, and try to enjoy the overall experience of the traditional flavor and the company!
True or False: It is a good idea to fast until you sit down to a big meal like Thanksgiving? False!! Do not risk wrecking your metabolism in efforts to overindulge later in the day. This may seem counterintuitive, but skipping meals to make room for feasting later will almost certainly cause you to over-consume! Go ahead and eat breakfast as you normally would. Later, fill up on the salad or hang out at the veggie tray so that by the time the heavier stuff comes around you can have an appropriately sized portion of the turkey and fixings. Avoid thinking like this: “Gotta eat it all up until I can’t eat anymore! It’s only today I can have all this!!” You know that’s just not true, right? I mean, you can make a turkey any day of the week you’d like, and honestly, I just made a pumpkin pie a few weeks ago because I had a hankering! Enjoy? YES! Go nuts and stuff yourself? No need!
Mindful eating is not a diet, and I doubt your family will run out of food today. Therefore, don’t hesitate to pack up leftovers to enjoy later, and focus on the people and the festivities around you. Food should not be the main focus…not to you, not this year.
Before and after your meal… please move! Make time in the morning for a walk, a run, a quick Thanksgiving HIIT workout or review my travel guide. Consider stepping out into the fresh air for a quick walk, play with the dog, or toss the football around. Every little bit counts, and I guarantee you will not only feel better, but you will stay right on track with your goals.
If you are participating in the Habitudes for the Holidays Challenge or would like to, your second challenge is to do something active every day starting today, through Sunday. That’s right Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Exercise doesn’t always come in the form of going to the gym either. Perhaps you took the baby for a walk, racked leaves, or shoveled snow! (Not sure yet how the weather will be as I am writing this post in advance!) No matter what your schedule is this weekend, your goal is to move. Check off your activities on your Habitudes for the Holidays log every day this long holiday weekend! I know you want to be the grand prize winner!
Set the tone for all your prepping and entertaining with this Thankful playlist!
Thank you for being open to changing your habitude regarding the traditional Thanksgiving feast and fellowship. Be mindful, be thankful, be committed.