Enjoying Thanksgiving dinner without hurting afterwards doesn’t have to feel like a sacrifice. You can partake in the festivities and walk away feeling great!
A wonderful tradition my family and I have gotten into is signing up for a Turkey Trot or some kind of 5K walk or run on Thanksgiving morning. Get in a good workout and it’ll set the tone for the rest of the day. You’ll remember how hard you worked and it’ll help keep you from overindulging later.
After that, refuel with a high protein breakfast. Maybe some eggs and gluten free toast and fruit or Steel Cuts oats with berries and protein powder or hemp seeds mixed in. Try snacking on some raw almonds or walnuts before you reach your destination. It’s best not to arrive hungry.
If there are appetizers, maybe try a few bites and drink lots of water. When it’s time for dinner, serve yourself a small helping of the things you love. Again, drink lots of water while eating your meal. Try to eat slowly so as not to overeat. If you want to take it a step further and have a healthier dinner, try the turkey without gravy and lots of green veggies or salad (presuming they’re not loaded with cheese or salad dressing). The insides of a pumpkin pie make a great dessert as well.
Thanksgiving doesn’t necessarily mean you need to leave with a stomach ache. Food is obviously a big part of the day but focus on the company and the meaning of the day and you’ll leave fulfilled.