8 Tips for Staying Healthy Around Thanksgiving
- By Lindsay Hallam, The Studio (MDR)
Mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie...oh my! A great meal celebrating with family and friends is a big part of the Thanksgiving tradition. But it doesn't mean it has to throw all of your good habits off track, leading to weight gain. Lindsay Hallam, an instructor at The Studio (MDR) who lost almost 50 pounds and totally transformed her body and lifestyle, shares 8 easy tips to stay healthy around the Thanksgiving holiday.
This is my number one tip no matter what time of year it is. The only time I find myself veering off course in my diet, is when I don't have my meals planned. Especially if I'm going to indulge a little on Thanksgiving, I make sure to plan the other meals during the week to serve my fitness goals.
2. DRINK WATER
Drinking water throughout the day helps to keep cravings at bay and prevents overeating.
3. STAY ACTIVE
Although it's tempting, I don't use the holiday as an excuse to skip out on my weekly workout routine. Working out before the holiday sets up good intentions and working out after the holiday keeps me on track.
4. DON'T SKIP MEALS
I have learned the hard way that skipping meals to "save room" doesn't work and will usually lead to over-consuming later in the day.
5. BRING A HEALTHY DISH TO A HOLIDAY PARTY
Not only does the host(ess) appreciate the contribution, but I like to have it as a back up dish in case the rest of the options are calorie-packed.
6. WATCH THE ALCOHOL
This is a huge struggle in social situations like holiday gatherings, but it's important to limit the alcohol. Calories in these drinks add up quick and can lead to making unhealthy food choices. I stick with a two drink max rule!
7. LOSE THE GUILT
There is absolutely nothing wrong with indulging a little, whether it's Thanksgiving or just a random Tuesday. Even if I throw every rule out the window one day, I am back to my normal routine the next day. One misstep isn't going to ruin your progress.
8. BE THANKFUL!
Thanksgiving serves as a great reminder that there is always so much to be thankful for. After coming from a place in my life where I was 50 pounds overweight and completely depressed, I am so thankful I have a healthy body that allows me to work hard, rest well, enjoy life and lead by example for others to do the same!