Thanksgiving – a time for gratitude, family, friends, and, of course, a feast that tantalizes our taste buds. As a haven for health and fitness, ResoluteFIT understands the balancing act of enjoying this festive holiday while staying true to your wellness journey. Here are some tips to help you navigate Thanksgiving with mindfulness, health, and joy.
1. Start the Day with Movement
Begin Thanksgiving with physical activity. Whether it’s a morning workout at ResoluteFIT, a family hike, or a friendly game of football, starting your day actively sets a positive tone and boosts your metabolism. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with loved ones before the big meal.
2. Hydration is Key
Before the feast begins, and throughout the day, keep hydration in mind. Drinking water can help control hunger and prevent overeating. It’s also a great way to stay balanced if you choose to indulge in a glass of wine or a holiday cocktail. Remember, the goal is half your bodyweight in ounces per day. So a 200lb person needs 100+ ounces of water! Add more if consuming alcohol or exercising.
3. Mindful Eating: Savor Every Bite
Thanksgiving dishes are rich in flavors and often hold sentimental value. Instead of rushing through the meal, practice mindful eating. Savor each bite, appreciate the flavors, and listen to your body’s signals of fullness. This approach allows you to enjoy your favorite dishes without overindulgence.
4. Balance Your Plate
When it’s time to fill your plate, aim for balance. Fill half your plate with vegetables, a quarter with lean protein (like turkey), and the remaining quarter with your favorite starches. This way, you get a mix of nutrients without missing out on traditional favorites.
5. Portion Control
With a table full of delicious options, it’s tempting to load up your plate. Remember, portion control is your friend. You can try everything you like, just in smaller amounts. This way, you can enjoy the variety without going overboard.
6. Mindful Choices with Desserts
Ah, the desserts! Choose one or two of your favorites and savor them. If you want to try multiple desserts, consider sharing with someone, so you can enjoy a little bit of everything.
7. Stay Connected to Your ‘Why’
Keep in mind why staying healthy is important to you. Whether it’s feeling energetic, keeping up with your kids, or training for an event, remember your goals and let them guide your choices.
8. Enjoy the Company
Thanksgiving is as much about the company as it is about the food. Engage in conversations, enjoy the laughter and stories, and appreciate the presence of your loved ones. Sometimes, the joy in these moments makes it easier to avoid overindulging.
9. Let Go of Perfection
If you do eat more than planned, don’t be too hard on yourself. One day won’t derail your fitness journey. Acknowledge it, enjoy it, and then get back on track the next day.
10. Stay Active Post-Thanksgiving
Keep the momentum going even after Thanksgiving. Stay active, get back to your workout routine at ResoluteFIT, and continue making healthy choices. Highly recommend booking your sessions now so you are committed and its scheduled!
In conclusion, Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, enjoy good food, and cherish the company of those around us. At ResoluteFIT, we encourage you to embrace this holiday with a mindful approach, balancing the joy of the feast with your health and fitness aspirations. Remember, it’s about harmony, not restriction. Let’s enjoy a Thanksgiving that’s fulfilling in every sense!