Well folks, Thanksgiving is here and it can be a stressful time for our meal plan and bodyweight. With so many tasty temptations, it’s easy to let the whole weekend get out of hand calorie-wise. First off, let me start by saying that I think at important times like Thanksgiving we need some balance and normalcy. The holidays are an important time for family, friends, and social connections – I feel that we need to include ourselves in the food festivities and relax and enjoy ourselves – even while we are watching our calories. Socially isolating yourself and trying to completely abstain from all drinks and foods can create more stress and can lead to a total collapse in our focus, so I’m a big advocate of having some fun and some balance while being conscious of what we are consuming. It is important that we find ways that we can still enjoy these occasions without sitting in the corner pouting and not taking part, and also so we don’t fall completely off track and gain a bunch of weight that we’re going to regret.
I want to use the term “damage control” here because there will undoubtedly be some things consumed that aren’t in our regular meal plan, but we can control the damage and come out of the holidays on track. Below shows how I recommend to best control our calories over the holidays while still having some fun and getting the opportunity to indulge in some otherwise forbidden foods. Here is a table from my ebook, Plan, Prepare, Succeed: Nutrition Principles for fitness-oriented adults (available for download on ibooks here), it gives you 6 guidelines to find that oh-so-important balance during this awesome weekend.
6 Guidelines for Effective Holiday Eating