15 Nov Tips for Tackling Turkey Day
The holidays are approaching and it is natural to be a little anxious about sticking to our healthy routines. Thanksgiving can often be the kickoff to a season-long festival of food & drink. So let’s tackle it by going in with the appropriate mindset! That being said, que the list of tips:
Please don’t get it twisted, there is, hands down, nothing wrong with indulging on a holiday (hashtag zero F’s given). You work hard at maintaining a healthy lifestyle year round, so you should not beat yourself up about a day or two here and there of extra calories. Give yourself permission to enjoy food and family.
Be picky with your choices.
Don’t fill up on things you half like just because they’re there. You should be splurging with the foods you love. How many times have you gone to a party and you just start picking on random basics (so basic). Cut that out and save yourself for your auntie’s homemade chocolate peanut butter fudge (well, my go-to is outta the bag).
Portion your intake: Just because you are indulging doesn’t mean you should eliminate any green life from your day. Make extra room for protein and veggies on your plate, and then have lots of small portions of all the fixings.
Start a healthy tradition.
One thing I did a few years ago was bring a couple of healthy-ish dishes to Thanksgiving dinner. The first time, I made buffalo cauliflower… and do you know what my family expects from me every year now? Buffalo cauliflower! They didn’t hate me or think I had some plan to take over their diets one vegetable at a time. They. liked. it. So every year I try to bring that and another veggie-based dish to add to the party. Don’t like to cook? Add some fitness to your day! KFIT sponsors and rolls with a serious crew to the Dreamcatcher Race Thanksgiving morning. Traveling for the holiday? Add a tradition of going for a walk after dinner. Be the change, girl, be the change.
Have a meal before the meal.
Don’t starve yourself before the party just because you know you’ll be taking in more calories than usual. It takes discipline (most of us do not have) to fast intentionally before a feast. Not only is this a shitshow for your metabolism, but it can also lead to you eating everything in sight when the time comes… HANGRY style.
Don’t be a food flower.
Kind of like a wallflower, but worse. Don’t stand by the food all day/night. This could lead to mindless eating. Go do what these holidays are all about and talk with family and friends. Make a point to have a conversation with everyone in the room.
Namaste the day.
Put some stress relief plans in place. Holiday’s can be very stressful (hello in-laws). The objective is to have some relaxing or relieving activities planned before the stress hits. Download a guided medication & listen to it in the car; get outside and move, or just plan out where you’ll fit your workouts in around the holiday schedule. Having a plan is a huge stress reliever.
Indulge in moderation.
The reason people gain weight during the holiday season is not that they went a little ham on the ham for 2 days over 2 months. Usually, these holidays will carry over into our weeks and months, so just be mindful of having your day and then pick up right where you left off with your healthy lifestyle the day before. Keep your eye out for our Black Friday Special on our 21-Day Reset Plan!
Don’t forget that your KFIT family might not be sitting down at the table with you (physically), but we are always here to listen and let you vent if you need to- so reach out!
We won’t leave off without trying to squeeze some sort of healthy modification into your day. Check out this recipe your family is guaranteed to enjoy (seriously, we tested it).
1 large head Cauliflower (cut into small florets)
1 large Yellow onion (sliced)
1 package, sliced (8 oz) White mushrooms
1/4 cup Celery (chopped thinly)
2 clove(s) Garlic (minced)
1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil (can also use butter or ghee)
1 tsp Poultry seasoning, Trader’s Choice (or any brand)
1/2 tbsp, leaves Thyme, dried
1/2 tsp Sage, ground
1 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Black pepper
2 sprig Parsley, fresh (chopped)
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (232 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or line with foil and grease well.
- In a large bowl, stir together the chopped cauliflower, onions, mushrooms, celery, and garlic. Toss with olive oil, poultry seasoning, sage, thyme, sea salt, and black pepper.
- Spread the mixture in a single layer on the lined baking sheet. (You may need two sheets depending on the size. You want as many of the cauliflower florets and onions in contact with the pan as possible.) Roast in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the onions are soft and cauliflower is starting to brown a little.
- Add the fresh parsley and pecans to the pan. Roast for 10-15 more minutes, until the cauliflower is well browned, and onions are starting to caramelize.
Being aware and having goals, is a great place to start this holiday season so give yourself some credit for that. Don’t get so wrapped up in the food & restriction that you forget what Thanksgiving is all about. Stop feeling guilty for living. Enjoy yourself and your family!