This holiday marks the beginning of the season of poor food choices and weight gain—for some of us. For others this is an opportunity to start the winter season healthfully. Some of the major contributors to weight gain are stress, excessive alcohol consumption, stress, overeating, and also STRESS! We love to overload ourselves with responsibilities and obligations, and unfortunately the upcoming holidays are something we survive instead of enjoy. The opportunity here is to decide our events and food choices, and mindfully celebrate with the ones we love. You CAN win this Thanksgiving and winter season without packing on the weight.
Stress can be responsible for weight-gain. When we are stressed, we tend to go hungry for too long, grab the first thing in sight, and overeat. Planning ahead is an excellent way to manage your eating. Sources of stress can be time-constraints, event coordination, and (of course) getting together with family. Have a dedicated time at least three days per week for moderate-intensity physical activity to blow off steam, and take a little self-time. Being that Thanksgiving is a holiday dedicated to enjoying great food, strive for quality over quantity, and do not feel the pressure to serve (or eat) everything under the sun.
It might be easier to just buy that pumpkin pie (labeled with a paragraph of ingredients, half of which can’t even be pronounced). It is certainly easier to open a can of cranberry sauce (likely to be loaded with corn syrup). Another option (a very satisfying option) would be to select local, nutritious ingredients; and prepare your Thanksgiving dishes from trusted recipes.
Many who are serious about their wellness and fitness eat foods chiefly to facilitate their workouts and their health. Remember: food is fuel; building material; and, according to Hippocrates, even medicine. Choose carefully what you put on your plate, and ask yourself if it will help you achieve your health goals. If there is that must-have food that without which it would not be Thanksgiving, then announce your limited portion to everyone in order to hold yourself accountable to moderation.
you are unsure about what foods will assist you in your goals, or if you would like to work out (blow off steam) more effectively, give me a call or an email to set up some one-on-one fitness training. You can always purchase the gift of personal training for someone you care about (A couple’s option for New Years is a great choice too). Start this winter season off well by winning at Thanksgiving.