1. Start Your Day with a Turkey Trot
A Turkey Trot is the perfect way to start out your Turkey Day! I (Dempsey) have been running in a local Turkey Trot with my family for the past three years and it has officially become a tradition. Whether it’s a 5k, a 10k, or a half marathon, beginning your day with a morning run (or walk) is a great way to rev up your metabolism and burn some calories so you will feel less guilty about indulging during your Thanksgiving feast!
2. Fill Half Your Plate With Vegetables
Thanksgiving is about giving thanks and enjoying the fall harvest. So learn to love the crop! Brussels sprouts, string beans, turnips, yams, squash, peas, asparagus, and potatoes are all delicious and healthy fall veggies. (Check out my Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts recipe!) Filling half of your plate with these low-calorie, high-nutrient foods is a great way to cut some of the fat and calories out of your Thanksgiving meal. Half the fun of Thanksgiving is eating until your stuffed…But try filling yourself (partially) up on things that you won’t regret later that night!
3. Drink Low-Calorie Fluids
Staying hydrated helps curve cravings and prevent overeating. (Think fluids taking up space in your stomach, rather than food.) Plus, a lot of the time, we mistake thirst for hunger. Try mixing sparking water with some fresh pomegranate juice! It’s yummy, low-calorie, and loaded with antioxidants.
4. Clean Up After Your Meal
Don’t let the food sit out. Because let’s be serious…if the food is in front of you, you will continue to eat it. TRUST ME. Don’t eat for the sake of eating! Once you finish your meal, encourage your family to clean up and put the food away. That way you won’t be tempted to keep on going AND you’ll have a ton of yummy leftovers for the weekend.
5. Walk It Off
Try not to let the Thanksgiving food-coma get the best of you. Rather than laying around with your turkey-induced-food-baby, get up and go for a walk once you finish your Thanksgiving feast. Walking post-meal will help regulate blood sugar levels, burn calories, elevate your mood and improve digestion!