5 Tips To Help You Not Let It All Go This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for family, quality time, being grateful and, of course, feasting! While I have to admit I’m usually entirely too interested in the stuffing and Green Bean Casserole to give a crap about how I’m going to feel in about 33 minutes, I usually regret going for seconds (maybe thirds) –and I’m really sensing a change in that this year.  It’s amazing how lethargic, bloated and straight-up gross you can feel after a big meal. We tend to treat Thanksgiving like an eating contest – but why?! It’s not like we don’t have leftovers for weeks on end…

In order to combat that gross/nasty/”never again” feeling, I’ve come up with a few of my favorite tips that I plan to implement this Thursday to keep a healthy balance. I hope that these can maybe help you to take a step back and really enjoy the holiday with loved ones, instead of being so worried about saving room for an extra slice of pumpkin pie, and then probably feeling sick and gross and like you need to run an extra three miles tomorrow.

SO enough rambling – here’s my tips!

1. Start out the day with a huge green smoothie. Our Thanksgiving veggies usually come smothered in salt, butter or creamy sauces – AKA, not in their purest form – so it’s important to still get your fruits and veggies in. A green smoothie is a great way to get a big dose of good-for-you stuff first thing in the morning. Try a combo of unsweetened almond milk or coconut water, kale or spinach, your fave fruits like banana and blueberries, maybe some chia seeds or raw almond butter and lots of ice. Drink up and reap the benefits pre-turkey.

green smoothie2. Sweat it out. Thursday morning, soon after you wake up, plan to get in a 30-minute sweat session. Whether it’s a hot yoga class, walk or jog around your neighborhood or an at-home HIIT workout, make a commitment to yourself to get it in before the day kicks off. Danny and I are planning on going for a quick trail run and getting a little sweat going before indulging in all the goodies.

3. Don’t forget your water bottle. If you’re like me, your water bottle is with you constantly. So why should this day be any different? Keep in mind how good you feel when you’re drinking a ton of water and keep yourself hydrated in between glasses of wine. Your body will thank you later.

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4. Speaking of water, mix up your beverages. Sure, the whole “drink a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink” tip is great, but who actually remembers to do it? Trick yourself by adding ice cubes to your white wine or make a spritzer with half wine and half kombucha or sparkling water. You’ll still get your buzz and the good taste without getting overly dehydrated.

5. Bring a healthy option. Whether you’re heading home for Thanksgiving or spending it with your significant other or friends, it’s not only a courtesy to offer to bring a dish or two – but it can help you stay on track, too! If you’re not in full control of the menu, it’s often hard to find healthier options so why not bring your own? For starters, maybe try out these Brussels Sprouts Gratin or this Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole. My mouth is watering already.

sweet potatoes

Hopefully some of these tips help you to have a more balanced Thanksgiving and maybe, just maybe you won’t have to unbutton your jeans at the dinner table this year.

What other tips do you have for keeping it healthy during a big holiday meal?

9 Ways to Make Your Day Healthier ASAP

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Happy Friday!!! For real, this week has draggggggged like no other… ready to get this pawty started. *new poppin’ champs emoji*

So I’ve gotta say, I’ve been lacking a little motivation on the health front lately. I absolutely go through phases where I’m super into it, and others where I just want to sleep an extra hour and have a bowl of ice cream (which I’m fine with because I’m all about balance). At times it can all feel a little overwhelming trying to do it all; early morning workouts, a million ounces of water a day, no carbs after 3pm… I’m getting stressed out already. I often have to remind myself, though, that if I’m not doing every single “healthy” thing I can, it doesn’t mean I’m failing. I think it’s about baby steps and just doing the best you can.

To help alleviate a little bit of that stress for those of us trying to be a little healthier today, leading into a (quite possibly) overindulgent weekend, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite healthy tips you can implement right now to make up for all the vodka sodas you’re going to drink this weekend/Waffle House you’re going to gorge on… pick your poison ;)

  1. Switch out your romaine or iceberg lettuce in salads to dark leafy greens like arugula, spinach and kale.
  2. Swap your daily soda (yes, even diet) with a La Croix or other sparkling water.
  3. Instead of on a bun, order a burger wrapped in lettuce. You can still enjoy a juicy burger and cut your carbs!
  4. Never let your water bottle sit empty at your desk. Drink up!
  5. Potty break squats: Every time you get up to use the restroom, do 10! (If you’re following tip #4 then you’ll squeeze in a lot of these throughout the day…)
  6. Make homemade salad dressings and marinades instead of the store-bought versions, which often have way too many ingredients in them. I like using a combo of apple cider vinegar, honey or agave, olive oil, sea salt and other seasonings, depending on the flavor I want.
  7. Instead of calorie-packed creamers and artificial sweeteners, use unsweetened vanilla almond milk and cinnamon in your coffee (more on why you should drink cinnamon in your coffee)
  8. Eat your “carbier” meals earlier in the day and load up on proteins and veggies for dinner.
  9. If you’re craving sweets, try fulfilling your craving with one square of dark chocolate. If your craving is still there (which it probably won’t be), just eat the damn brownie – ONE, not three.

Hopefully these little tips help you to have a healthier day! Pick a few to try right now so you can go into the weekend feelin’ goood. TGIF :)