So I was going to sit here and talk about how to have a healthy Thanksgiving, but honestly…it doesn’t feel right. You want to splurge on this day-of-thanks, you deserve it, and that’s quite alright. Instead, I wanted to offer some inspiration and tips on how to get out of the turkey coma and back into your routine the day after the feast.
Tips for Thanksgiving Day…
- It’s like a Vegas buffet at your house, so only partake in what you really love. Also, take a digestive enzyme right before the big meal. I like Life Extension Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes.
- After the meal and merriment (wine drinking) make sure you take Advil, stop drinking at least 3 hours before bed and drink a ton of water.
- Save your carbs for Thanksgiving dinner. If you want to snack at night, opt for the protein options from the table, like turkey. There are many great things about being a woman, but water retention and metabolizing carbohydrates are not on the list.
- Do not beat yourself up over ANYTHING you’ve eaten. Even if you ate half of the pumpkin pie by yourself…tomorrow is a new day. One meal will not kill your weight-loss goals, but an ongoing, negative mindset will.
- Even though it is the freaking furthest thing from your mind, lay your workout clothes and tennis shoes by your bed…
On the day after Thanksgiving…
- Get a helping hand from a higher voice: Before you even get out of bed say, “Dear higher power, thank you for the family gathering yesterday. It’s amazing how I’m surrounded by so much family love. Now please give me the strength to get my butt out of bed and into the workout gear I so carefully laid next to my bed. Amen.”
- Try to get a good workout in, including stretching and cardio to get the sweat going. Put on Little Wayne, Drake and Young Geezy—something fast paced. You won’t want to do this, but it will feel so awesome afterwards. I’m not telling you something you don’t already know.
- Drink water and take your vitamins. Use your Count Me Healthy bracelet as a reminder to get at least 10 glasses in (more than usual because of dehydration). Vitamins include: fish or flax oil, a multi-vitamin, an acidophilus to balance bacteria, and yes, Super Colon Cleanse. Colon Cleanse capsules are just serious fiber that will help with any post Thanksgiving bloat. It is available everywhere, including Whole Foods and Walgreens.
- Nix the Carbs. I love carbs, but the day after thanksgiving, try to trend a little more toward fat and protein. The fat will satiate you.
- Instead of focusing on leftovers, get your reflexes ready for some amazing black Friday/Cyber Monday deals! CMH is doing a 30% off coupon, including our new styles, so we would be honored if we were one of your shopping destinations on this special day! Use code CYBER30 at checkout (available from 11/24-11/28). Be on the lookout for the next installment of guest blogger and super mom, Susie Rahaim’s, Happy Life Essentials: Exercise. Also, check out my upcoming gift guide. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!