How To Get Through Thanksgiving Without Completely Stuffing Yourself

Thanksgiving. I have a love/hate relationship with this holiday. I mean how can you hate a holiday that’s based around stuffing your face with delicious food in the company of your loved ones and copiuos amounts of wine! But this is exactly why I also hate it. This holiday is definitely not waistband friendly. The standard Thanksgiving meal packs in a crazy 4,500 calories! Here are a few tips to get you through the holiday so that you can still get into your dress(ing) the next day.

1.Eat Before.

You might find this odd, but out of all my tips this is the most important one! The biggest mistake people make is not eating anything all day thinking they will save calories for their meal. If you don’t have thanksgiving until dinner time, thats a long time to go without eating! When you finally eat after starving all day you will end up overeating way more than if you had just eaten normally throughout the day. Not to mention your metabolism will be slowed down from the lack of eating. So eat a light breakfast to keep yourself from overindulging when the turkey comes out!

2. Start out small

Your eyes are a lot bigger than your stomach. When you’re filling up your plate get a small amount of everything. People tend to clean their plates, even if they are full halfway through the meal. There will always be more if you are still hungry after your first plate! And part of the awesomness of Thanksgiving is the leftovers the next day! Turkey-stuffing-mashed potato-sandwich anyone? (Don’t act like you’ve never tried it)

3. Get your sweat on.

Get your morning exercise in before you leave for the relatives house. Or maybe get the whole family on a walk after the meal! One of my favorite things I do with my family every year is go for a walk after our eat-athon. It will make you feel better and help burn off those mid section (casse)rolls.

4. Embrace the stretchy pants.

Don’t forget to wear your best stretchy pants and don’t be too hard on yourself! It’s one day after all. Enjoy yourself and don’t forget to indulge a little bit, just try not to over do it!

Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!