Every year, you have several opportunities to binge your way into a new weight class. Thanksgiving weekend is one of those opportunities. We aren’t writing this blog to tell you that you should be meal prepping chicken rice and broccoli and bringing it to grandma’s house (we all know that is a death wish), but we wanted to help you avoid feeling like absolute garbage after the festivities. So, here are 10 quick tips you can apply to your weekend.
1. Eat healthy, low calorie, high nutritional density meals BEFORE the feast.
· Start your day off by preparing some pre-dinner meals; this will help slow you down from gorging yourself during the festivities
2. Keep the alcoholic beverages simple
· Skip the high sugar Mikes Hard lemonade, or Smirnoff Ice. Instead, choose a low sugar drink like vodka, sparkling water, ice, and lime. Alternatively, a low-carb beer such as Michelob Ultra, or Sleeman Clear. I’ve attached a link below to give you more examples of what can be available to you during the weekend.
3. Wear form-fitting clothes
· Don’t choose your fat pants to eat in, wear clothes that fit properly and it’ll help you gauge when your body has had enough to eat.
4. Eat more veggies and fruits to start
· Due to the high water and fiber content of the vegetables, they will usually take up space in your stomach, leading you to eat less during the main course. This is a great way to prevent you from overeating.
5. Try an at-home circuit
· Between cooking, cleaning, and explaining to your Grandparents why you still have no girlfriend/boyfriend, time is not on your side. Going to the gym can take up a lot of that, so we suggest you try an at-home circuit to guarantee you get a workout in.
6. Stay hydrated
· Unfortunately, water does NOT contain any magic property that will help you shed body fat. However, staying hydrated has positive factors; in this case, it will prevent you from overeating. Many people confuse thirst for hunger.
7. Go easy on the appetizers
· If you’re anything like me, once you see food on the table, it’s GO TIME. Appetizers at our family dinners have usually been sausage rolls, jalapeno poppers, stuffed potato skins, and many more fat filled foods. Limit these appetizers to a minimum and stick to the veggie tray. By doing so, you are not only saving yourself hundreds of unnecessary calories, but you're also not spoiling that special dinner Grandma cooked.
8. Chew slower
· Have you ever filled your plate Eifel tower high only to black out and wake up in your bed two days later? Congratulations, me too! Unfortunately, you haven’t only spoiled a meal that took all day to make; you’re also more likely to overeat.
9. Wait 20 minutes before you go for seconds
· Studies have shown us that after eating, your gut supresses a hormone called ghrelin, which directly controls hunger. A hormone called cholecystokinin (CCK), peptide YY (PYY) and glucagon like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is released, which relays the “I’m full” message to the brain. Unfortunately, this process takes about 20 minutes. So, give yourself a break in-between plates.
10. Eat your dessert
· YOU’VE DONE IT! You did at least 5/10 out of these survival tips, shared this blog on Facebook (wink wink) AND put up with your family for the evening. Head on over to the dessert table and get yourself a slice of pumpkin pie.
I hope you enjoyed these 10 tips. If you did, PLEASE reach out and let us know, as our next goal to is to write a “Christmas Holidays Survival Guide” eBook. If we get enough feedback, we will produce an awesome eBook for you all!