On the first Day of fitness exec-u-slim gave to meeeeee….
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, one thing on your mind may be weight! The fear of gaining weight can often sour even the sweetest pie. Don’t worry… you don’t have to deny yourself completely to stay fit. This year the tree won’t be the only thing that’s TRIM! Use these helpful tips to navigate the holiday parties and endless buffet tables:
1. At Thanksgiving no one should ask you if you are on a diet or why you are “not eating”. On the other hand, your relatives and loved ones shouldn’t think you are training for an eat-a-thon! Fill your plate, but fill it with the RIGHT foods!
2. Try whatever you like…. I mean TRY whatever you like. A bite or two never hurt anyone, it’s when you polish off an entire pie that you need to worry. Take smaller portions to start with, that way you won’t feel pressured to eat more out of boredom once you are full.
3. Be the Life of the party!!! The more you are talking the less you are eating and the more time you are giving your stomach and brain to figure out you are full. At the table speak up and speak often! Same with holiday mixers, meet new people and stay on the other side of the room from the buffet table to avoid mindless eating.
4. Wear a HOT outfit! Wearing a tight form-fitting dress or a tailored suit to the table or holiday party! The only people who should wear maternity clothing are pregnant women and elastic waist bands should be saved for the gym. Thanksgiving is a meal, not your last supper!
5. Protein, Protein, Protein! Fill up on the Turkey and veggies! Pass on the potatoes, gravy, and rolls. The best holiday dishes to go for are: Vegetable dishes, and turkey (white meat is best and avoid the skin). If there are staple holiday items that you can’t live without ( i.e. pie or mashed potatoes) only go for one. Always counter balance your choices with lean protein whenever possible.
6. Make a game plan before hand of what you want to eat and how much, then stick with it! You will feel so much better AND your pants will still fit after the meal.
7. Eat meals and snacks before the festivities- Many people don’t eat anything the day of or the day before a holiday party with the anticipation of consuming more calories than usual. This is a BAD! The idea behind it is good, but the truth is no matter what you do you will probably consume more fat/calories than usual! By not eating anything all day, you are almost guaranteed to over eat and make bad choices because you are starving.
8. Practice moderation when it comes to holiday spirits- excessive alcohol consumption not only increases your chance of going for seconds or thirds on the dessert, it’s like pumping carbohydrates, calories and sugar straight to your blood stream. If you are going to put that in your body, wouldn’t you rather those calories come from food?
9. Small sacrifices can make a big difference like a cup of tea after dinner rather than spiced apple cider or a cup of hot coca with whip cream. Have a small taste of grandma’s pumpkin or apple pie and eat around the crust, DON’T take it a-la-mode.
10. Drink as much water as possible with every meal, it will help with fullness… Your have heard it a thousand times but hydration is the best way to stay healthy, well and FIT! Oh, and while we are talking about beverages stay away from the Starbucks holiday specialty drinks they are EVIL! See for yourself! Stick to coffee with fat-free milk and sugar-free syrups or better yet, skip the calories and save the cash$$$.
11. You can’t be perfect ALL the time! dont beat yourself up if you eat more than planned. If you get to a holiday event and there is nothing sensible to eat just make the best choice available! Remember white meat and fish have fewer calories and fat then red meat. There is no sense in offending a friend by passing on her ten-hour Souffle or hitting the gym 4 hours a day during your vacation time. Try not to be too hard on yourself or punish yourself, after all it is a time of celebration!
12. The number one tip to remember for any meal, any party, or any holiday: MODERATION is key! Nothing tastes better than being healthy feels. Cheers to a happy and healthy holiday season!