Guilt-Free Thanksgiving Day Eating

A special day that is centered around gratitude – a pillar of the Sexy Mama lifestyle – is celebrated by most Americans in a big way. I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving is one of my fave holidays of the year. Family…friends…FOOD! Ohh the food.

Food. ALL. DAY.

There’s the eating during prep, eating during cooking, and of course, eating during actual meal time. You may even slip on those comfy sweatpants for such an occasion.

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I know, I know; you want to have all the fun without any of the guilt. I’m here to tell you it’s possible. Here are a few tips for enjoying the awesomeness of Thanksgiving day without totally blowing your healthy diet for the whole holiday season. Sweat pants are one thing; you don’t wanna have to bust out those old maternity pants, too!

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I realize that with the kids out of school and extra down time, there are more opportunities to get a little lax on our usual health & fitness routines. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, let’s not forget this isn’t a free-for-all pig-out week, mmkay? Keep up the healthy eating, take advantage of extra resting time, and give these following five steps a try on the big day.

1.Don’t Starve Yourself Until Dinner

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people announce the epic plan of not eating all day so they’ll have more room in their bellies and all their calories saved up for dinner. Might seem logical, but it’s a straight-up recipe for disaster. Not only does that result in a hangry state for the day, starving yourself until the big turkey dinner usually results in major overeating and consequential discomfort. No bueno. If you’re used to doing intermittent fasting until late afternoon/early evening, this may not be a problem at all, but most people don’t fit into that description. Eat healthy and light. Drink plenty of water and eat lots of veggies in preparation for the big, long meal.

2.Do a Muscle-Loading Workout Before Dinner

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No better way to earn those carbs than to do a kickass muscle-loading workout that day! Stay ahead of T-day food guilt. If the kids are behaving and you’re not too busy stuffing turkeys or baking pies, an afternoon workout is the perfect precursor to a dinner feast. Morning is cool, too, but afternoon brings you closer to meal/re-fuel time. Just don’t let yourself get hangry. Thanksgiving day is a time to stay in nice mommy mode.

3.Choose Your Indulgences Wisely

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Instead of wasting calories on foods you don’t really care for, indulge on the things that are extra tasty to you, or foods you don’t get to have year-round. Resist the urge to snack on something just because it’s around. Be a little picky about your treats, and enjoy them consciously. As you create those memorable moments with family and friends, be mindful of what you’re consuming and don’t hang around the dessert table for conversation.

4.Offset the Extra Goodies with Extra Veggies

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Some people find it helpful to make specific rules for themselves about eating more veggies per treat (for example, one extra serving of veggies per cookie or slice of pie). If that sounds appealing to you, go for it! Otherwise, make a general effort to eat more veggies throughout the day to give your body the fiber and nutrients it needs, so the Thanksgiving meal goodies you eat won’t make up your entire menu for the day. You just can’t go wrong with more healthy veggies!

5.Take a Family Walk

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Get your blood pumping and body moving (yes, even if you did that workout already!). Taking a walk is about as simple as it gets. The weather this time of year is the best (IMO), and there’s nothing fresher than that crisp, Fall air. Go out with the family and enjoy more awesome convos while you burn a few calories. If walking isn’t your thing, no prob! If you have a spacious yard and your group is into it, get some group activities going like flag football. Involve your peeps and have fun!

There ya have it, Sexy Mamas. Go forth and enjoy a fabulous day of abundant laughter, friendship, and food!

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