The Thanksgiving food hurricane cut a huge swath across the country last week and through the weekend. For many Americans Thanksgiving kicks off not only the holiday season but the holiday eating season. Many will not wake up from the food coma until January 3rd laying among the empty See’s boxes and danish cookie tins. Sadly, some people have spent the last year or more in their food coma.
WAKE UP PEOPLE!!
If your Thanksgiving (and weekend) was filled with mounds of potatoes, slabs of pie and gallons of egg nog it’s time to wipe away the crumbs and get back on track. Getting back on track doesn’t mean it’s time for a juice fast or a trip to Jenny Craig. Here are some simple steps you can take to get off the gravy train (pun intended)!
Trim Your Fridge
It’s time for the purge – get rid of the unhealthy holiday foods that are still in the fridge and cupboards, for that matter. If you don’t have the heart to throw perfectly good food away, figure out a way to re-purpose it or combine it with healthier foods. I have extra mashed potatoes in my fridge so I’m combining them with plain mashed sweet potatoes. If you have leftover turkey you can make a white meat turkey pot pie topped with the potatoes. Be sure to add lots of great veggies to the dish to increase the health quotient. If you don’t like to cook or can’t think of anything healthy to do with the food, toss it and move on. No guilt.
Eat Your Veggies
Time to stock up on fresh and frozen fruits and veggies. Add veggies to soups, roast a cauliflower to go with your pasta, chicken or fish and eat fruit as a snack, top your cereal with berries or top your salad with a sliced Honeycrisp apple. YUM!
Listen, I preach this stuff daily. Here’s the deal – get your butt into a pair of running shorts, your yoga pants or whatever you prefer and move. Tae Bo in your living room, Zumba at the gym, Downward Dog with your pals, run a trail, walk the big hill in your neighborhood, lift weights or take an outdoor fitness class! Do this at least 3 or 4 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Find Another Way
Even the most disciplined cookie can crumble with the first tin of Danish Cookies or a batch of homemade fudge. Cookies and fudge are not bad. You are not bad for eating cookies or fudge. The problem comes when you are having “a moment” and dive into the cookies and fudge because you are sad, under stress, are relaxing in front of the tv or at a party with friends. Before you get to that point, take a few minutes and load up your Ipad or Kindle with some fun reading material, stock up on trashy magazines or get your Christmas card assembly line set up and ready to go. Have your friends on speed dial or your walking shoes near the front door. Bottom line – get your mind re-occupied.
Let today be the first day of your new holiday plan. Enjoy your holidays, enjoy spending time with friends but also respect and take pride in your body by treating it right!
Now go run!