Turkey, Stuffing & Pumpkin Pie – Oh My!!

Turkey, Stuffing & Pumpkin Pie – Oh My!!

ThanksgivingDinnerSpreadI never really thought about it before, but Thanksgiving and all of those other holidays that are so closely associated with not only fun but also food – they all turn into four letter words when you’re trying to eat healthy. And, that’s not ok.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and for many of us that means getting together with friends and family and… eating.  When you’re working out and trying to eat healthy, the holiday season (and let’s face it Thanksgiving is just the start of what’s to come) seems like a great obstacle to have to overcome — some might even consider giving up their healthy routine altogether. That might be alright if it’s just for one meal over the holiday weekend but what if you have two, three or more festivities to go to?  That’s when things could get dicey. Temptation in the form of cakes, cookies, pies and all sorts of other sweet and savoury treats will be everywhere.  No doubt, it will be hard to avoid them. They’ll be there taunting you, looking delicious. Your mind will begin to wander… and next thing you know, you’ve eaten your weight in pecan pie… and you feel awful. Guilt fills your soul and you’ll envision Henderson standing there come Tuesday morning, arms crossed over his hulking chest, a look of disgust written all over his face.

Whatever you do, don’t give in!

…At least not entirely.

Know this — Henderson will more than likely be enjoying a piece (or two) of cheesecake over the Thanksgiving weekend. Even the most seemingly fit and healthy of us have our favourite sweet treats that we just can’t say no too, not all of the time anyways — and we shouldn’t have to.

Moderation is the key because hey, some turkey with stuffing and a slice of pumpkin pie doesn’t have to be the end of the world when it comes to your fitness regime. Eat that piece of pie and have that glass of wine, just don’t drink the whole bottle and down the whole pie. Temper the process, savour every bite or sip. Then sit back and relax. Enjoy your friends and family — maybe go for a leisurely walk or head to the gym for an hour. If you can’t limit your eating or make it into the gym, set a limit! Not only to the types of food you might be eating but also to the amount of time you are away from your fitness routine. Mark the calendar with the date your plan to get back into the gym and — try not to dread it or avoid it! We’re all going to be in the same boat, moaning and groaning as we get back into the swing of things after a hopefully wonderful Thanksgiving.

No pain, no gain, as the saying goes and you’ll be back into your routine in no time.  Maybe it won’t be as bad as you thought… that is, if you have remembered to practice moderation. 😉

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Do you have a favourite must have treat that you will be enjoying over Thanksgiving? Have you figured out a way to make it healthier? Either way, share your must have’s and even the recipes if you are willing to share below in the comments!

Happy Thanksgiving!! <3

T.

 

Follow the link below for recipes… some of them might even be healthy!! Enjoy!! http://www.runningtothekitchen.com/2013/11/100-healthy-thanksgiving-recipes/

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