A HUGE HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you! I hope your day will be absolutely incredible.
The most wonderful time of the year is beginning!
But from Thanksgiving to Christmas the average westerner gains 7-10 pounds.
We KNOW this, but we do it anyway. Most people do absolutely nothing to stop it. So why is this?
It’s your birthday (or the day after or the week of)? Cake for breakfast becomes perfectly reasonable. Halloween? A dozen mini chocolates? Totally acceptable (they’re mini after all, right?)! (EXCUSES!!!)
The problem with this season is that there isn’t just one special occasion here and there.
Between the DAY of the holiday itself, the numerous parties, work functions, and so on, many days become a special occasion where we apply the “anything goes rule.”
What I’m sharing below are the tools I personally use and share with our clients to enjoy a guilt-free, waistline-friendly holiday season…
We live in a first world country where the foods we want are at our fingertips 365 days per year. So, in reality, you could have Thanksgiving in part or in whole at any time. When you approach food with an abundance mindset, it’s a lot easier to practice holiday levels of moderation.
“Remember, its about spending time with family and friends, not jus the food”
A key for me is being ok with it, not wracking myself with guilt because I knew it was coming! Heck…I plan on it – not to the extreme, but I’m not going to practice my normal rule of eating to 80% full. Don’t sit there and eat until you are full. It’s too late, give yourself a breather, pause. Think portions (fist size servings)
The damage stress does and the way it affects hormonal balance (and ultimately how much body fat we have) is far worse than having one big meal – so go enjoy it!
But when you strategically fill your plate with the better stuff, you’re obviously going to be better off. Even a plate of broccoli isn’t good for you when you’re in caloric excess, BUT it’s going to take you much longer and with much more food to reach that point when you maintain focus on protein and veggies with smaller tastes of starchy carb-rich dishes and desserts.
No need for a full breakfast, Thanksgiving meal, then another full plate of leftovers that evening. Sure, it tastes good, but you’ll feel completely miserable and be working to undo the damage for weeks to come!
So, there you have my top 5 Thanksgiving (or holiday in general) strategies! I promise if you apply these, you’ll be a lot less likely to end up in the category of people who gain weight over the holidays! Again, I hope you truly have the most amazing, fun-filled, thanks-filled, and love-filled day!
So, what will you make of it?
Let’s have a real conversation about how you can create intention and take action and move forward for the final time, so you never have to start over again.
Let’s end the “seasonal restart” “Happy Holidays”
Kipp – KALFIT Coach & Mentor
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