Hello! I hope you’re gearing up for a beautiful day to spend with friends and family! I just wanted to give you some tips to help today (and any holiday) go smooth and keep you on the right track for health, wellness and fitness!
1. Eat sensible breakfasts and snacks: Don’t save up your calories for the big meal; this can set you up to be so hungry you overeat and leave you feeling overfull, bloated and really uncomfortable.
2. Keep logging: you’ve already created a habit with food logging, don’t abandon it today! You’ve discovered how food logging keeps you mindful by bringing awareness to what you’re eating and today is a great day to heighten that awareness.
3. Be nice to yourself! Let go of guilt! Even though you may find that you over consume things today it’s not beneficial to beat yourself up about it. Be compassionate. It’s one day. Just as one day of healthy eating will not cause you to drop weight, one day of less healthy eating will not cause you to gain weight. You’ve made great strides to get to where you are, one day will not mess the whole thing up; just get back on track tomorrow. You’re still an amazing, good, beautiful person. Now, move on.
4. Move! Although “you can’t outrun your fork”, don’t stay sedentary! Go for a walk, a run, a skip, jump, hop, etc. Move! Get sweaty!
5. Moderation, moderation, moderation! Avoid overeating; eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full. Chew slowly. It takes 20 mins for your brain to register you’re full, so eat slow. Small bites.
6. Moderate alcohol: This deserves its own separate category of moderation…drinks have empty calories that don’t fill you up, lower your inhibitions (why not have that second piece of pie…) and can leave you feeling pretty awful. What’s moderate? Up to 1 drink a day for women and up to 2 drinks for men. 12 oz of regular beer, 5 oz of wine, or 1 1/2 oz of 80-proof distilled spirits.
Take care people and have a fun and wonderful day! I’ll see you next week and I can’t WAIT to hear all about your adventures in Thanksgiving!