me some of us, Thanksgiving is all about the food… Because it’s the one time every year we eat these iconic and nostalgia inducing dishes, that taste pretty darn good too!
But there are tons of ways to enjoy all your favorite Thanksgiving dishes while staying happy about your decisions and healthy with your choices! I’ve included my top 5 here but I’d love to hear what you like to do to have happy and healthy holidays. And in case you do overindulge this Thursday check out my post from Thanksgiving 2012 about how to “Unstuff” Yoga Style Post Thanksgiving!
1. Work out the morning of Thanksgiving. Run in a turkey trot, go for a surf, play flag football in the back yard, or come to The Green Yogi – Heather’s 7am Vinyasa Flow, Julie’s 9am Meditation, or Julie’s 9:30am Gratitude Vinyasa Flow. All of these will start your day right and getting a sweat in the morning helps keep you in check the rest of the day.
2. Eat early. If you eat early, in the 4-5pm range, you’ll be able to digest your food better. The key to this strategy is not digging into the leftovers later!
3. Eat everything. Okay-that may sound crazy, but what I mean is eat a little of everything. Eat the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potato souffle, creamed spinach, what am I leaving out? Oh yes apple and pumpkin pie! But have a small serving of each, your food should easily all fit on one plate with some room in between. You’ll be happily satiated and not need seconds.
4. Plan a post dinner walk. Float the idea to your friends and family during the day then hold each other accountable. Then get out of the house for at least 20 minutes after your meal. The dishes will still be there when you get back.
5. Plan an earlyish workout for the next day. I’m not saying to set your alarm for 5am but maybe an 8am cardio sesh on the beach or 9:30am yoga class at The Green Yogi! If you have something planned in the morning you’re more likely to limit your consumption of wine or booze of choice, go to sleep earlier, and wake up feeling more refreshed.
***By the way… ALL classes at The Green Yogi are $5 on Black Friday, plus get a jump on your Christmas shopping with discounts on selected retail items***
The reality is, Thanksgiving is about so much more than food and football. We all have things to be grateful for no matter what is going on in our lives. Although it’s important to show gratitude all year round Thanksgiving is the day we all can hit pause on our crazy busy lives, relax with loved ones, and be present.
We wish you all a wonderful holiday this Thanksgiving and are grateful for your readership here on the blog and presence in the studio!