Thanksgiving Day is a Food Lover's Dream. It is the one day a year where we give ourselves the license to overindulge on processed fats. According to research from the Calorie Control Council, the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat during a typical holiday gathering from snacking and eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the trimmings. A guilt-ridden day where we can claim 100% responsibility. A Turkey Trot and The Macy Day Parade may soothe your mind in anticipation of the overindulgent feast ahead, but a massive change must be made NOW to avoid punishing yourself unfairly later.
Here are a few helpful pre-festive tips:
- Be proactive and build healthy habits now!
- Breathe and prime your mind! By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, your brain will know Thanksgiving is simply another meal with family and friends.
- Drink plenty of water BEFORE your meals, not during or after.
- Eat 70% water content foods - a salad at EVERY meal.
- Eat organic as much as possible.
- Drastically reduce or eliminate processed fats. Eat natural or unprocessed fats but watch your overall consumption.
- Drastically reduce or eliminate dairy products.
- Fitness is key. Begin now and make it a life resolution. Don't wait until New Year's Day.
- Every time you reach for food, ask yourself, "will this cleanse me or clog me?"