Thanksgiving is usually about two things…giving thanks and stuffing yourself silly with delicious food. While being thankful is always something we support, overindulging can sometimes leave us with feelings of guilt and remorse.
Going overboard on the holidays happens to the best of us, but if you binged a bit too much this Thanksgiving, here are 3 key post-thanksgiving tips to help you get back on track.
You get a do-over
Don’t let Thanksgiving turn into an “I blew it so I may as well binge through the rest of the holiday season” mindset and wait until January 1st to get back on your healthy track. Each day you get to choose what you put in your body, so just because you went a little crazy with the cranberry sauce yesterday doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel for the next two months.
Make sure you keep your home stocked with healthy food options, so the day after Thanksgiving, you can resume your regularly scheduled meal plan. Love leftovers? No problem! Try topping your salad with some left-over skinless turkey breast or make a delicious wrap with turkey and cranberries.
Just because you have four days (or more) off from work doesn’t mean you should sit around and do nothing. Take a hike or get the family involved in a friendly game of flag football. Do your best to stay off the couch and keep your active routine.
But just because you should get moving doesn’t mean you need to overcompensate with hard-core exercise that you aren’t used to doing. Stick to your regular fitness schedule as trying to cram in extra workouts could leave you feeling stressed out, or worse, over doing it may lead to an injury.
Stop the guilt
Nothing good comes from beating yourself up for what you ate. Focus on the positive things you can do for your body each day and remain conscious of your eating and exercise behaviors. If you go a little off the rails one day, just vow to get back on track the next.
One day of over eating is not the end all, be all and it does not define you. Acknowledge that you allowed yourself to enjoy this bounty of food, be grateful for the friends and loved ones you get to share with and don’t forget to thank your body for all the amazing things it can do.
Question: What are your tricks to staying on your healthy track during the holidays?