Tips to Thrive this Thanksgiving

I know some of y’all are looking at the screen, like what is Kristin talking about. Tips to thrive this Thanksgiving? The only tis I need is on some stretchy leggings that won’t dig into my belly after I stuff myself with all of the deliciousness on Thanksgiving, am I right?

Well, no worries friend, I’m not going to tell you not to stuff yourself. I’m not going to tell you to skip eating your favorite foods or indulging in your favorite drinks either. Also - Old Navy makes my favorite stretchy leggings if you need a pair!

I do want to give you a few tips though so you can really ENJOY your Thanksgiving without derailing your progress!

  1. HYDRATE. Starting when you get up Thursday morning, make sure you have a glass of water handy at all times!

  2. Get your workout in first thing Thursday morning. Once the chaos of the day sets in, it will be difficult to fit it in. Nail your workout in the morning so you don’t have it hanging over your head the rest of the day. I love the idea of getting the family together to do a Turkey Trot!

  3. Consider extending your fast a bit on Wednesday and Friday or break your fast later in the day Thursday, for the big meal.

  4. Make sure to go shopping on Black Friday! Why? Walking around the stores is a great active recovery workout. If you’re not the shopping type, no worries, grab the family and go for a long walk after dinner!

  5. Fill up on the REAL version of foods that you enjoy and skip the ones that you don’t love.

  6. Finally - please do NOT worry about your macros! Thanksgiving is a day meant to be spent with your family, celebrating everything we are thankful for. Enjoy your favorite dishes, indulge in your favorite dessert, and soak up the time surrounded by your family and friends. You’ve worked so hard making your body a professional fat burner, now is your time to enjoy it!!

Be sure to give yourself some grace when the day is over. Remember that one single day will NOT undo all of the progress that you have made. Try to nail your macros on Wednesday and Friday and if you go a wee-bit overboard, maybe skip your treat on leg day. It’s all about progress over perfection!!

I want you to remember that we are working to build healthy habits and a healthy lifestyle, we are NOT on a diet. For the FASTer Way lifestyle to truly be sustainable, you need to be able to indulge on holidays without the guilt. I’m giving you permission to do so! There is SO MUCH freedom in living the FASTer Way lifestyle, embrace that!

Also.. all of those extra carbs are going to be KILLER fuel for your workouts later this week!

I still haven’t nailed down my Thanksgiving menu yet, but here are a few things we’re thinking of making. What are your Thanksgiving staples? Do you have any other tips to help us Thrive this Thanksgiving?

APPS - Baked Brie Cups with Cranberries and Walnuts, Artichoke Parmesan Bites

SALADS - Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad with Farro & Goat Cheese,

Pear Salad with Dried Cherries & Candied Walnuts

SIDES - Sweet Potato Casserole, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butter Nut Squash, Garlic Mashed Potatoes

DESSERT - Vegan Apple Crisp

DRINKS - Festive Hot Toddies, Spiced Raspberry Mulled Wine

While we’re on the topic of drinks.. I get asked this question ALL THE TIME so let’s go ahead and talk about it. What about alcohol? Here’s the thing with alcohol. When you drink it, your body uses it for fuel first, meaning you will not be burning fat until you burn through all of the calories in your drink. It also has about 7 calories per gram, which is almost as much as fat. What does that mean? Well.. you probably want to take it easy on the wine. Of course, drink it and enjoy it.. but be mindful of it. My favorite habit is to be sure to drink a full glass of water between each alcoholic drink.

Finally, if you’re one of my FASTer Way clients, consider joining the FASTer Way Foodies on Facebook. It’s a group run by another coach and it’s FULL of fabulous recipe ideas that all work well with our lifestyle! I sincerely you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and definitely eat a bite (or five!) of stuffing for me! It’s one of the few things I really miss since going vegetarian!

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