How to Eat Healthy Over Thanksgiving and Holidays

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Question: With Thanksgiving only a few days away, I wonder how to fit all the eating in with my 80/20 meal schedule. I have lost 25 pounds over the last three months and I would like to continue. How badly will Thanksgiving meals upset my program?
Answer: To make sure the holiday festivities don’t completely ruin your progress, take some steps to minimize the damage. You can have a light healthy snack before you arrive for the big meal. If you go in hungry, really hungry you will make poor decisions about the amount of food you eat. Choose more protein sources than carbohydrates. Eat more turkey than stuffing and load up on the vegetables as well. If the desserts are calling out to you then have a modest serving of that special holiday treat. Just don’t eat the whole thing. Go easy on the alcohol. There are lots of calories to deal with on top of the food. Having a good meal with your family is not going to ruin your progress but be wise.
The worst thing you could do is to deprive yourself of the spread entirely and make a big deal about your dieting and weight loss. Expect people to comment about your success so far and scrutinize the items on your plate. Don’t be surprised by the comments either. You can deflect some of that by saying you have the blessings of your trainer whether you have one or not.
On Black Friday return to your gym and get back to work. You may be sluggish from the feast and lethargic as you begin your workout but within a few minutes you should be back to speed. On the weekend make an attempt to be a bit more stringent with your eating than you usually are. The bottom line is to enjoy the holiday, enjoy your family and fellowship and enjoy the food. Then move back to work to finish what you started.
God bless, keep training and Happy Thanksgiving,
Daryl

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