If there is one thing that can bring my holiday cheer down to low boil, it’s the trip to crowded grocery store.
You can’t buy too early because of spoilage, but if you wait until the last minute, you will be left with the “nobody wants me” section of sadness.
and who wants that?
This year, my Thanksgiving contributions will include roasted asparagus and brussels sprouts with cherry tomatoes, roasted/mashed butternut squash, and a giant organic salad to add a real pop of color to the table.
Vegetables, me? Are you surprised? :)
I will also be baking some Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies for dessert, even though they will most likely be overshadowed by the many pies, cakes and pastry options covering the table.
So I have been a fitness instructor since 2009, and there is never a year that goes by without the predictable Thanksgiving PANIC.
Classes fill up weeks in advance with hopes that burning thousands of calories will leave room for the giant feast ahead. And while yes, adding in some extra movement throughout the week will help, is it really worth that much stress?
This mentality has become the new norm for this time of year, and it is hard to ignore the energy that overcomes fitness studios and gyms everywhere over a binge that has not even happened yet.
Kill my workouts -> Stuff myself -> Feel Guilty and Lost -> Kill my Workouts
It’s a cycle, an exhausting cycle.
What saddens me most is the regretful and defeated faces that show up to class the following day/week
So…What do I have to say about this?
-> Be Mindful, not Mindless <-
Thanksgiving comes once a year. We all have our favorite dishes, and we are all entitled to have a taste of each without calculating our next move or repeatedly saying;
“I have to work out so hard tomorrow to burn this off”
When we mindlessly eat, we lose ourselves. We lose our natural ability to know when we are full. This is where the problem lies and what leads us to over eat.
Who cares how many calories are in a slice of pie or a scoop of stuffing. You know what the correct serving is supposed to look like. If you are given a large portion, be mindful. You do not have to eat the whole thing. Share, eat half, decline a giant serving, or wrap it up and take it home.
Show up to your regular morning workout. Eat your usual healthy breakfast. Leave the table when you are full. Drink water between cocktails. Get up and walk around once in a while to help with digestion.
Be thankful that you are able to enjoy this food, and that your body is able to talk you places once you have finished. Your life will go on, and that is incredible.
It really is that simple.
I wish you all a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving.