Make sure you get enough sleep to keep your cortisol and insulin from spiking early on in the day.
Get plenty of protein in your breakfast. Stay away from carbs early in the day. Chances are you will be getting plenty with your Thanksgiving dinner so save them until then.
Step 2. Work out BEFORE your meal. It could be today or literally all the way up to your Thanksgiving meal.
Make that workout count. Avoid pushing yourself extra hard the day after your Thanksgiving meal. If you truly love working out the day after Thanksgiving, enjoy a healthy dose of exercise, just don’t do it because “you have to.”
Let me back this up a little.
Scenario I. You work out BEFORE your Thanksgiving meal (whenever: you can start today, or you can work out up until your Thanksgiving meal, it matters not). Have an all-out fun playing tag or Ultimate Frisby with your kids or push yourself extra hard with a different workout (provided you got enough sleep the day before). Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal. The carbs and extra sugar you ingest then are more likely to go towards feeding your muscles and replenishing the spent glycogen. Which means they are considerably less likely to go towards fat storage or overwhelm your immune system.
Scenario II. Don’t work out on/ before Thanksgiving, have a heavy meal because you “will work it all off extra hard the next day.” Since your muscles did not need any extra glycogen, your Thanksgiving dinner sugar went to “replenish” your thighs, i.e, got safely stored away as fat. Your immune system is a still underwhelmed processing the extra sugar load and now you are going to kick your adrenals extra hard the next day with a “tough” workout.
Save yourself a lot of trouble by sticking to Scenario I. Enjoy a workout BEFORE your Thanksgiving dinner. Then go ahead and give your adrenals a needed break by sleeping in the day after. Go for a nice long walk and play with your friends and family. Your body will thank you and you will be less likely to catch that dreaded cold going around as well.
Step 3. Be present. Be mindful. Make a choice and be happy about it.
Thanksgiving is about celebrating time with friends and family. It is about being thankful for what we have.
Be present. Enjoy your dinner. Be mindful and ultimately happy about the choices YOU make.
Maybe it is simply enjoying your dinner full out after a nice workout guilt-free. Maybe it is skipping the stuffing but saving room for dessert because someone in your family makes a mean pumpkin pie and you gotta have some (or a bunch:-)). Have that pie and make sure to enjoy the heck out it. If not, why have it in the first place?
Maybe it is enjoying an extra glass of wine with plenty of turkey and a veggie side and then skipping dessert altogether. You know who you are and what works for YOU. Whatever it is, make that choice for yourself and be happy about it. Avoid guilt tripping yourself at all cost. Ultimately, it is the stress over eating extra sugar rather the extra sugar itself that is more likely to run you down. To be clear, I am not advocating careless sugar consumption but simply understand that the choices are yours to make. Own them. Be present. Be mindful. Doesn't it just feel awesome to know you have choices?