Food has an amazing way of bringing people together. Every single holiday is an opportunity for extravagant feasts, themed treats, or celebratory drinks. I’m certainly not complaining, either. Food is delicious, and friends are fun, so why not combine the two as often as possible? While I love nothing more than enjoying a slice of my grandmother’s pumpkin pie with my rambunctious cousins, it can certainly add up over a very long holiday season. Thanksgiving weekend has the potential to derail much of your hard work, mentally and physically.
If you’re trying to stay on track through the holidays, check out these tips to avoid rolling into December with a food belly, but still get the quality friend and food time you look forward to.
1. Stick to one “cheat” meal
Chances are that between family thanksgiving, friends-giving, and maybe even works-giving, you’ve got more than one delicious feast lined up. Think ahead, and choose just one meal that you allow yourself to try everything and anything you want. Have 3 servings of stuffing if you want, and seconds of dessert. If you get excited about binging at thanksgiving (let’s be honest, that’s most of us), get it out of your system and then move on. You don’t have to ignore your favourite dishes at other dinners, but hold yourself to a moderate portion, knowing that you’ve already had your fun!
2. Don’t take home the tempting leftovers
A slice of pumpkin pie for breakfast alongside your cup of coffee sounds glorious, I know. However, you’ll probably feel a sugar crash soon after, and find yourself hungry much too early. If you’re fortunate enough to be given a doggy-bag to take home, fill up on turkey and veggie dishes, that you can use for leftovers at work.
3. The early bird gets the … burn!
Failing to plan is planning to fail, right? If you’re traveling and out of your usual routine, your workouts could also fall by the wayside. Take matters into your own hands and check out gyms and fitness classes in the area. Try and book a workout for morning, before festivities begin and you become tied to the couch with your great-Aunt. Better yet- bring a friend or family member with you!
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4. BYO healthier alternatives
When heading to a potluck-style thanksgiving, make one or two dishes that are on the lighter side. If you run into a plethora of unhealthy options at the feast, you can rest assured that you’ll be able to fill your plate with your own better-for-you creations! Some simple swaps like Greek yogurt for heavy cream, and spices for sugar and fat-laden sauces will keep flavor without adding unnecessary calories. Bonus- it’ll spark a little more creativity in the kitchen, and I bet your taste-testers won’t even tell the difference!
-BSF Brand Ambassador Nicole Bunyan