The holidays are upon us. To some of us, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but to others it’s a sign of weight gain, gluttony and a New Year’s Resolution that will most likely fizzle out after a few weeks. Before you go all Scrooge on us this holiday, let's talk it out. This Thanksgiving you don’t have to keep yourself from enjoying all the splendor of the Thanksgiving meal in effort to button your jeans.
Give thanks. Every day we go through the same motions. We wake up; go to work, make dinner and then sleep. Okay, I may have left out twenty plus details, but you get the point. This life is a gift, and because we are human we often focus on what we lack or don’t have, rather than being grateful for what’s already upon us. So this Thanksgiving, give thanks for the little things. When your alarm clock goes off instead of rolling over and groaning about having to get out of bed, take a moment to appreciate the blessing of being able to get out of that bed. Give thanks for the job you do or don’t have. Remember, everything happens for a reason. It’s all leading you down the path to the next great thing. The gift of life shouldn't ever be taken for granted. Instead, embrace it, not only during the holidays but every day. Be thankful for time spent with an elderly grandparent or even for your old car that barely runs. Surely we all can find something we are thankful for. So this Thanksgiving, simply give thanks.
Find Balance. This tends to be a difficult one. We all have a lot on our plate, so finding a healthy balance in life is something we have to really work at. It doesn’t always come easy, but it can be done. It starts with keeping things simple and prioritizing. Write out the most important aspects of your life, and then work on time management among those areas. For example, balancing work and family entails a lot of planning. Find a system that works well for you and your loved ones. This holiday season don’t get caught up in the things that don’t matter. Don’t get so overwhelmed with fancy displays that you lose precious time and meaning behind Thanksgiving. Find your perfect balance.
Stay Healthy. You don’t have to put your skinny jeans on hold this Thanksgiving, just so you can eat your mom’s famous sweet potato casserole. Instead, let’s talk moderation. This is the time of year we love to overindulge in our traditional Thanksgiving feast. The secret is you can still enjoy your favorite holiday dishes, but in a different light. We invite you to try these healthy suggestions to help you stay on track this year!
1. Kick off your Thanksgiving with our Turkey Burn Cardio circuit (found under the fitness section), or some other form of exercise you enjoy. This gives you a little room to enjoy the big meal without feeling guilty. Besides, getting exercise and fresh air is a great way to start any day!
2. Put a healthy spin on your traditional Thanksgiving dishes. There are many healthy alternatives to bring to your Thanksgiving table this year. It's a great way to enjoy your favorite dishes with a healthy twist and fewer calories. If you aren’t hosting dinner, offer to bring at least one side dish to ensure you are getting something healthy and light. Try our homemade coconut fluff instead of processed, sugary whipped creams.
3. Spend less time stressing over little things that don’t really matter. It’s simply not worth it. The glittered coated pine cones for your table centerpiece won’t last long, but the memories will. Never take these moments for granted. Remember to breathe, take it all in and cherish what’s around you.
4. Go light on the booze. The cocktails and beverages will be flowing, but these calories can add up quickly. Stick with wines and spritzers and try not to overdo it.
5. Watch portion sizes. The key is to take small amounts, which allows you to enjoy the meal, without feeling guilty. Eat slowly and put your fork down between bites. When seconds or leftovers are offered, politely say no. Allow yourself one piece of dessert and remember everything can be enjoyed in moderation. Here are some other healthy alternatives to bring to your table this year.
Sometimes we lose track of what this time of year is all about. It’s a precious gift to be able to wake up in the morning, spend time with those you love and treat your body like a temple. This Thanksgiving give thanks, find balance and stay healthy.
This year we have SO much to be grateful for, including you! I couldn't be more thankful for your love and support, as our team continues to spread our mission, to help you reach a happy and healthy lifestyle. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I'm wishing all of you a blessed, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving. GOD BLESS!