Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It often gets lost between Halloween and Christmas here in the US (represented this year by the neighbor on one side having harvest/fall decorations up and my other neighbor having Christmas decorations up already) because it’s far less commercial than other holidays. There’s no special candy, no gift-giving, and not a ton of decorating to be done. It’s a holiday for family, love, food, and maybe football if you’re so inclined.
Since I lost my dad, The Hubs and I cook Thanksgiving dinner at home for just the two of us. Our moms both live several hours away, and neither one of us has an easy time getting leave from work around the holiday. I don’t mind it just being the two of us: it’s a nice, relaxing, quiet day, and after dinner we drive to my Godmother’s house, where we spend time with extended family and overindulge on dessert!
Behaving myself for the main meal makes enjoying dessert thoroughly okay in my book. It’s once a year, and none of those desserts come home with us, so it saves me from sneaking a slice of pie before bed! Here’s my healthified Thanksgiving menu:
It may still be close to 1000 calories, but considering the average Thanksgiving dinner is 4500 calories, that’s pretty darn good!
We keep the day simple too, and plan out the day. We eat a healthy breakfast, have our meal at 1 or 2 pm, and we’re full until dessert at 7. Once I get the turkey in the oven in the morning, I plan on taking a nice long walk to burn some calories, and I definitely won’t be skipping my Thursday workout, especially since it’s only 20 minutes!
Here are a few more strategies I use to avoid holiday gain:
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So do you have any tips or tricks for surviving Thanksgiving weight gain? Let me know in the comments!