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With Thanksgiving being next week I can’t help but remember a time when holidays really stressed me out. Well, holidays involving food stressed me out. I was unable to truly enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas because they really centered around eating.
Things I’ve learned along the way that really enable me to enjoy the holiday season? Well, let’s start with T-Giving since it’s next week.
I love pumpkin pie (shocker, I know) so last year I made this healthy pumpkin pie in order to be cool when I decided to down half of it- um, it was bad.. terrible in fact. Moral of the story? If you love something, go all out and have the real thing. Don’t try to healthify things that really shouldn’t be.
On the opposite end of that- take things that you like as they are and save calories there. For example, I love a simple dish of sweet potatoes roasted with coconut oil and just a touch of salt and cinnamon. Last year I made this sickly sweet sweet potato casserole and while I was eating it I just wondered why I didn’t make my normal sweet potato recipe.
My other theory is that if I keep all of this crazy eating to one day then mentally I find I can truly enjoy it and move on the next day. Seriously, I go all out on Thanksgiving and really indulge- however, the next day I am right back on track. I package up all of the decadent dishes (keeping the turkey and things I would normally eat) and send them home with guests. One day of pumpkin pie and apple crisp (and cookies and cake and and cornbread….) is more than enough for me.
I also take TGiving day as an off day for exercise and instead go for a nice long walk with family and friends. There is no need to over exercise in preparation for the evening meal ahead of you. The same goes for the following day.. Just get back into your normal schedule, eating and exercise.. and all will be fine.
I get that this doesn’t work for everyone, but it works for me.
1. Eat a balanced breakfast the morning of, no starving yourself to prep for the meal
2. Only indulge in the things you truly love (mine is the dessert, mm and cornbread)
3. Don’t try to make the things you love “healthy”
4. Contain the crazy eating to one day
5. Don’t make yourself insane with exercise, this is a day to enjoy the company
This might all seem like common sense but, per usual, if it helps one person enjoy their holiday more- then I’m glad I wrote it
Ohhh, also.. I did a killer workout yesterday when I was short on time. Head over to Blogilates (my fave site for quick on the go workouts) for the 1000 Workout. It’s crazy.. crazy awesome that is