This year I have a lot to be thankful for… including my husband, family, and friends. To tell you the truth, my week didn’t start off on the best note since I was involved in another accident, however I have to say I am thankful nothing happened to my friend, Jhiane, and I. Sadly though, my brand new car is another story. In any case, I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving with your friends and family.
Here are some health tips I believe in around the holidays:
1. Start off your day with a light & healthy breakfast… save your appetite for the real meal. Let’s face it, most of us will overeat today, so you might as well save your calories where you can and enjoy yourself today. This is probably not the best advice, but I skip breakfast and just eat a healthy snack before the party!
2. While cooking, avoid snacking on whatever you are cooking. Again, save your appetite and calories.
3. Pace yourself, start slow and try a little bit of everything, and then go back for seconds only for the items you LOVE. This will allow you to enjoy the dishes you actually like without wasting or forcefully eating the foods that you don’t like. I actually use this trick for all parties and events that I attend.
4. Avoid sodas, juices, and unnecessary drinks which will only add more sugar and fill you up. Drink water instead or enjoy a glass of wine in moderation.
5. Space out your meals… keep an hour to two hour gap between appetizers and main course, do the same for main course and dessert.
6. In between meals, catch up with a family member or friend by taking a walk outside. This will help you burn some calories and you’ll really be able to enjoy your next course without the guilt.
7. Dessert is my biggest weakness! Sample all the desserts to see what you like before loading up your plate with every single dessert. Enjoy the desserts you like in moderation with a cup of tea or coffee. If my family is lucky, my brother will be making us all his kick-ass french press coffee… YUM.
8. The absolute worst thing you can do is hit the sack immediately after eating such a huge meal. As lethargic as you may feel, wait at least 3 hours before going to bed, walk around, allow your body to digest all the goodness before going to bed.
9. If you care to shop, wake up early and hit the mall on BLACK FRIDAY… at least you’ll burn some calories, right? I usually walk around the mall with a cup of Starbucks Coffee… no lattes or anything… just plain ol’ coffee. Remember, avoid the unnecessary calories where you can and eat in moderation the days following.
10. Friday – hit the gym!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!!!