Worried about how to avoid weight gain during the holidays? Try these 5 tips to survive Thanksgiving and Christmas without needing a post-holiday diet to lose weight.
It probably comes as no surprise to you that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
A holiday entirely devoted to cooking and eating delicious food with people you love? I’m in.
But for many of us, this marks the beginning of a stressful season. In addition to this time being full of festivities and cheer, it’s also filled with sweet treats, baked goods, and favorite foods we often only enjoy during this time of year.
How can you enjoy all of the yummy goodies without feeling out of control?
If you’ve been asking yourself this question, you’re not alone. While this is by no means an all-inclusive list, try starting with these 5 tips to explore the balance of soul food and fuel food this season:
Tip #1: Plan Ahead
It might not be the most glamorous, but going into the holidays with a meal plan can save you so much stress in multiple ways.
If you’re hosting family or friends, writing down the schedule and how many people will be in attendance can help you make sure to have enough food, reduce the amount of overbuying (which is easy to do), and help you manage your leftovers so food doesn’t spoil in your fridge.
Planning ahead can also help you make sure you have plenty of fruits and veggies on hand, as well as options to cook these to make them enjoyable.
It’s certainly okay (and important!!) to enjoy favorite foods at the holidays, but you’ll likely enjoy them even more when you balance out your meals with nutrient-dense foods to keep you full and satisfied.
Download this meal planning template to help you organize your schedule, the number of eaters, your leftovers, cooked meals, and breakfast/lunch/snack options.