Although Thanksgiving is a day to spend time with family, for a lot of people it's also known as Turkey Day. Being around that traditional holiday food is enough to make even the healthiest person waver. For that, Valerie Gonzalez-Sanchez has some tips to help you keep healthy and motivated through the holidays.
It's the holiday that revolves around the food: the turkey, the sides, the tamales! That's why its so easy to fall, no, to jump off the healthy bandwagon.
Dietitian Adam Woodyard says, “I think we feel like we are supposed to overeat on Thanksgiving, and that's not really the case.” It helps if you have a game plan to avoid the obvious high-calories foods. Plus, Woodyard adds there something else to watch out for: "Another thing that you can do that people don't think about is the drinks that they drink.” Instead, opt for sugar-free beverages, or better yet water.
Of course, you want to make sure you control your portions too. "A good serving of turkey would be about the size of a palm of a woman's hand or a deck of cards."
Don't forget about your work-out routine. "The more important thing is to burn more calories than what you eat", says Gold's Gym Fitness Manager Oscar Saucedo. So, just strap on your shoes. Get out and get moving. It's as easy as easy as taking a walk in the park.
Do keep in mind, Thanksgiving is only the beginning. Saucedo warns: “You still have to plan for the work parties, Christmas parties, New Years Eve and all that. So, take it slow, pace yourself and remember that even though you can take a break, on Monday you have to get back on track.”
Valerie Gonzalez-Sanchez, KGNS News, coverage you can count on.
If you're feeling a lack of motivation, Fitness Manager Oscar Saucedo recommends involving your friends in a friendly game of flag football, or enjoying another outdoors sport.