Don’t worry this isn’t one of those blog posts on why you should fill your plate up with protein and veggies and skip the pie and wine. Nope, contradictory to what you have read posted on most other health blogs about this topic, I’m going to go ahead and say eat whatever you want to on Thanksgiving. Not even stopping there… Eat as much as you want on Thanksgiving too. If you’re lucky enough to have a grandma that bakes apple pie and pumpkin pie from scratch, you better try them both. Listen, I have been working in the fitness industry for 20 years and in the nutrition space for 10 years, I can promise you one meal or one day of insane eating will NOT ruin all your hard work. These articles that float around during the holiday season really get under my skin because they get everyone all worked up trying to make mashed potatoes out of cauliflower and doing burpees as punishment to burn off extra calories. Weight loss and health doesn’t really work like that at all though. It’s about consistency over time.
What you do on the few holidays each year will not have a negative impact on your overall results. It’s what you do EVERY SINGLE day that matters more. Unless you are having Thanksgiving every day for the next month, its not an issue. SO WHY put all this shame, anxiety and guilt around food on the only day that food should be the very last thing we are thinking about? I don’t know? But I want you to hear this message and I repeat; what you do most days matters more than what you do occasionally during holidays. This year how about you focus on everything you have to be grateful for instead, be with your family, don’t count calories or macros, tell your grandma how much you LOVE her pies, then eat all the slices to prove it, drink wine if you want to, celebrate life now. Then on Friday when you wake up, get back to your healthy habits without one ounce of guilt. There is no “wagon” to fall off of, this is life and your life is a accumulation of small decisions made over time.
Here are 5 tips to add to your daily routine for a healthier life, yes you can still do all these on Thanksgiving too:
- Move your body. Not as punishment for mashed potatoes, but as a celebration of what you can do. You’ll feel better, get stronger and be less stressed.
- Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water. When you are hydrated your body can function at optimal levels.
- Plan for all cheats (eating whatever you want) to be on one day, every once in a while. Once a week or once a month based on your current goals.
- Eat a breakfast high in protein, not just caffeine and carbs. Eggs whites and meal replacement shakes are great way to do this if you’re right on time in the morning.
- Don’t skip meals. Eating protein, carbs and healthy fats every 2-3 hours will keep your body fueled right and your cravings down.