October 07, 2022
Want to know the secret to enjoying yourself during holiday meals without any guilt?
Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving in October (for our Canadian members), November (like our American #fitfam), or at another time of year, the secret is simple:
Step 1: Eat what you want.
Step 2: Don’t feel guilty about it.
Step 3: Get back to your normal routine, afterwards.
When holidays focus on eating, we often feel guilty or pre-plan an extra-hard workout to “make up” for the mashed potatoes and gravy. And pie. So much pie!
Now, we've got some GROUNDBREAKING news for you: Thanksgiving is about being grateful and spending time with loved ones!
It's not about going to the gym for 3 hours. And it's definitely not about skipping breakfast because you’re going to have a big dinner. Whether you’re home with family or hanging out on the sofa solo, we want you to enjoy every bite of food you have this long weekend.
We will NEVER tell you to say no to a second slice of pumpkin pie. But we are also not going to pretend that all those rich dishes and treats won’t have you feeling a little off your game. THAT'S LIFE. It isn't "cheating" to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. It's normal. Don't beat yourself up about it.
Yes, this may be easier said than done, but we are here to help you out. Here are a few simple tricks you can use to bounce back from that post-turkey day coma and feel your best in no time:
Whether you went back for seconds or thirds, water makes it SO much easier for your body to digest all that food. Throw in a little lemon or apple cider vinegar for an extra kick and digestive benefit.
Before filling your plate with turkey and stuffing, head for the veggies first. This will help to fill you up and supply your body with the nutrients it is probably craving. Brussel sprouts, green beans, squash…Thanksgiving vegetables are the best!
Although you might think HIITing it hard is the best way to “undo” everything you ate, this type of thinking just leads to guilt and an unhealthy relationship with food and the gym. Instead, get outside for some outdoor activities and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. For an extra good time, get the whole family involved too!
Remember, holidays are about spending time with loved ones. Don’t let your guilt get in the way of that. Enjoy yourself and just get back on track the next day.
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