We have Thanksgiving dinner for a reason. We have taste buds for a reason. We gain weight for a reason. How do we reconcile these conflicting situations?!
1. Follow your workout routine everyday leading up to the feast.
2. Get a workout routine! Walking, dancing, a Netflix DVD, P90X, a group exercise class, scrubbing your floors by hand- it all counts. Get moving for at least 60-90 minutes. To get a 3000 calorie deficit you need to do at least 6 hours of movement in the days prior and after the meal!
3. On the holiday, WORK OUT. You have the day off! Go get an extended workout. Get up on Thanksgiving and hit the special holiday schedule at the gym.
4. Only eat what you love. If you don't like the dark meat or the deviled eggs, don't eat it.
5. Eat off of a small plate.
6. Drink water. Avoid drinking your calories; save those for the potatoes.
7. Create active traditions- play football, find a family Turkey Trot 5K.
8. Be thankful. Take a quiet moment to honor your body, to think through your physical blessings. This will help you respect your body, giving you power to say no if needed.
9. Volunteer to bring a healthy dish- edamame, salad, apples, etc.
10. Instead of Black Friday shopping, have Black Friday Bootcamp! Hit two classes.
Average Thanksgiving Dinner Calories: 2000-3000
Turkey White Meat and skin – 1 cup diced, 276 calories, 11.7 g fat, 0 carbs, 40 g protein
Turkey Dark Meat and skin – 1 cup diced, 309 calories, 16.2 g fat, 0 carbs, 38.5 g protein
Bread Stuffing – 1/2 cup, 190 calories, 9 g fat, 25 g carbs, 3 g protein
Mashed Potatoes (Whole milk and butter added) – 1 cup, 237 calories, 8.8 g fat, 35.5 g carbs, 4.1 g protein
Whole Kernel Corn (Canned) – 1/2 cup, 66 calories, .75 g fat, 15.4 g carbs, 2.1 g protein
Turkey Gravy (Canned) – 1/2 cup 60 calories, 2.5 g fat, 6 g carbs, 6.2 g protein
Dinner Roll (White) – 1 roll, 120 calories, 3.5 g fat, 20 g carbs, 3 g protein
Butter – 1 tablespoon, 100 calories, 11 g fat, 0 carbs, 0 protein
(Jan Peterson, from Suite101.com)