It’s officially the holiday season, and with Thanksgiving just a week away, your day-to-day schedule might change and be filled with school vacations, family trips, and a lot of cooking and hosting. Despite the disruption in your schedule, Thanksgiving and the holidays are still a time of fun, gathering, and getting a chance to unwind. However, it can be hard to feel a sense of normalcy and to stay on track with your health goals. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with tips and tricks to holiday like a pro!
Keep as normal of a routine as possible
You may have a lot going on and you may even be traveling, but try to keep as normal of a schedule as you possibly can. Do you normally meal prep? Then make sure you still prep, even if it is only a few items. Do you normally go for a run one day and then yoga or lift the next? Then do that. Even if it is only for a few days, continue with your workouts and clean meals as much as you can. This will help you to feel good before, during, and after the holidays, and allow you to maintain some sense of normalcy without added stress.
Keep it green
Pile on the greens whenever and wherever you can. If you follow the guidelines from your nutrition plan, you should already be enjoying plenty of veggies, but it can be helpful to remember to fill your plate with more vegetables. Rather than thinking of veggies as your side, think of them as the star of your dish.
Okay, if you have been with us for awhile, you know that we enjoy some wine. We also do not tell you that you cannot enjoy a drink yourself. However, leading up to the holidays, there are usually more events and occasions where we will be drinking more alcohol. Therefore, leading up to those events, try to stick to water and tea, and save the cocktails for the day of.
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Get in a workout
Create a new family tradition where you wake up and do something active! Ours is to go for a 3 mile run, but you could do something more intense, or simply go out for a long walk with friends and family. Whatever you do, if you keep moving, it will be a great way to start your day.
What can you swap?
Whether you are hosting or cooking something for a holiday dinner, think about what you can make that is a healthier alternative. For example, if you normally make roasted veggies but cover them with butter, try swapping out the butter and sticking with herbs and vegetable broth to help flavor them. You can also see the top 5 fall spices and their health benefits here for ideas. You can also use the Thanksgiving section of your nutrition plan and Holiday Guide for all sorts of clean treats! Yes, seriously! Think pies, cookies, baked goods, and more!
You can also try this healthier sweet potato casserole!
No matter what – enjoy your day! If you have that extra cookie or drink, it is okay. Do not worry or think of it as cheating. You are simply living life. Try to change your mindset around this, and it will help you to not feel guilty and better the next day (because you should never feel guilty)!
Resume your routine
Head back out for your workout, whip up a healthy meal from your plan, and continue on. If you ate or drank a lot the day before, do not try and run 5 extra miles or spend hours at the gym “burning it off.” Just resume like it is any other day, and you will be great!
For additional tips and meal ideas, check out this healthy Thanksgiving post here, and use the Thanksgiving section of your Nutrition Plan to help you create tasty, yet healthy, dishes! We purposely created clean versions of your holiday favorites like pumpkin and apple pie, gravy, and even a green bean casserole!