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Everyone looks forward to this time of year to celebrate with family and friends, but it’s also the quickest way to derail all the hard work you have put into eating healthy and training hard all year long.  People often give themselves a “time out” from Thanksgiving to New Year’s so they can indulge in all the rich holiday food and libations.  Unfortunately it only takes one day of pure indulgence to get you off track and keep you there.  I’m not saying that you shouldn’t eat what you want on these holidays, but rather, approach these days with a clearer and smarter head. Treat them the same way you do every other day.  Here are some tips to keep you in warrior mode during Thanksgiving and all the holidays after!

Drink Plenty of Water

We often forget to stay hydrated on Thanksgiving and other holidays, but it’s one of the most important things for your body.  Drinking water can increase your metabolism, is good for your heart, helps brush off fatigue and decreases headaches.  Studies have also shown that by drinking one or two glasses of water before a meal, can help fill you up.  This helps to ensure that you approach your day smarter and lessen your chances of overeating.

Make Healthy Choices When It Comes To Your Holiday Meal

It’s the small things that can make a huge difference when eating your holiday dinner and dessert.  Let’s take for instance, Thanksgiving.  Did you know that just skipping the skin and dark meat of a turkey (and going for lighter meat instead) can lessen your fat and calorie intake?  How about making your cranberry sauce with honey or agave instead of refined sugar and indulging in all those healthy antioxidants.  Don’t forget to add some greens to your holiday meal as well, that are rich with vitamins and antioxidants.  And since we all don’t want to give up our pies, maybe swap out your regular dairy ice cream with coconut or soy ice cream instead.  Or skip the ice cream all together!

Listen To Your Stomach

We were taught from an early age that we should always clean our plates, but that is no longer the case with eating smart.  If you are justifying taking one more bite, than you might not be as hungry as you think you are.  Know when to put the fork down by really listening to your body.

Make Sure To Add A Workout To Your Holiday

If you have already decided you don’t want any restrictions during your holiday meal, make sure to focus on your workouts that week (especially on holidays).  Slacking off and skipping workouts will only add to issues that will put you off track.  Most gyms and training facilities will have special holiday hours (Blackburn Training Center has classes at 8 & 9am on Thanksgiving) usually early in the morning.  And make sure to resume training the following day!

It’s very important during these tempting holidays to hold yourself accountable for your eating and training.  Don’t make excuses for yourself to indulge, especially when you put so much time and energy into eating healthy and training all year long.  These small tips will hopefully help to ensure you stay on track and in warrior mode this season.  Happy Holidays!