Last year was the first Thanksgiving and Christmas that I spent the holidays Gluten-Free. And it was the first time in my life that I felt good at the end of the day and not like I needed to purchase new pants. Every year by the end of the day on Thanksgiving, I’m ready to burst. So I could make the suggestion that everyone be G-Free this holiday (no stuffing, no gravy, no cornbread, no pie). But since I’m thinking of indulging in some gluten this year, myself, I don’t feel right making that suggestion. Here’s what I will suggest to help you feel at least a little bit better this Thanksgiving:
- Drink only water. (It’s a huge calorie savor, sorry.)
- Move. Before the day starts walk, run or do Pilates or Yoga. Or between dinner and dessert do what some of my family members do—take a walk or a short hike.
- No seconds. I fail on this every year, but maybe you’ll have better willpower.
- No dessert (or only one dessert). Instead of having each type of pie, pick one pie.
- No appetizers served before the meal. Turkey Dinner is so good, who needs these?
- Sign up for a fitness class on Black Friday—instead of shopping feel good about getting moving and burning calories.
- Don’t starve yourself before you get to dinner, but pick a healthy breakfast—maybe egg whites scrambled with spinach or some oatmeal with a banana.
Most importantly, enjoy your time with family and friends and know that you don’t eat like this every day. If you make some mistakes with food choices you can get back in the swing of things Monday morning. Once it’s done, it’s done; stop kicking yourself this year. (I hope I’m not just talking to myself here.)