The statistics are scary. The average American gains 1-3 pounds over the holiday season. That may not seem like a lot, but considering the holidays only span a four-week period, that means you are packing on one pound a week and that can be hard to lose come the new year. But don’t despair! There are ways to enjoy your holidays and avoid that Thanksgiving weight gain.

Plan ahead

If you are in charge of bringing a dish to the Thanksgiving feast, make it a healthy one. A nice green salad or a roasted veggie dish are a great, healthy addition to the table.

Eat before you go

A lot of us starve ourselves all day in anticipation of all the delicious goodies awaiting us at the Thanksgiving table. But that’s setting yourself up for food failure! Eat a healthy breakfast and lunch packed with fiber and protein so you aren’t ravenous come dinner time. This will ensure you make better choices with what you really want to put on your plate instead of eating everything in sight.

Schedule your workout

Every other week of the year you are diligent with your workouts, but come Thanksgiving week, with family visiting, it can be tough to stick with your program. We have great news! The day after Thanksgiving, Bootique offers a family friendly Post-Thanksgiving boot camp and all are welcome! No membership required. This boot camp style workout is totally FREE and open to all fitness levels. So, bring grandma, Uncle Bill and the kids and join us Friday, November 29th at 9:00 am at Civita Park in Mission Valley (7960 Civita Blvd) for this awesome workout.

Eat Mindfully

Don’t deprive yourself, just be mindful of what you are eating. What a piece of pecan pie? Go for it! Have a small sliver and savor it. Eat slowly while tasting and enjoying every bite.

Be a picky eater

You get to choose what goes on your plate, so be picky about it! You don’t love cranberry sauce, so why eat it? Just because something is on the table in front of you doesn’t mean you have to eat it. Only choose the foods that you actually enjoy and use a smaller plate. That way, you won’t pile the food on a huge plate and feel like you have to finish it all. You also won’t feel as guilty if you want to go back for seconds.

Question: What Thanksgiving treat do you enjoy splurging on the most?