Thanksgiving on a diet: It can be done

I love this time of year.

Family getting together, good food on the table, and the weather changing. What a time.


But while all this family time brings joy and happiness, it can also bring lots of calories.

I’d be a hypocrite to tell you to lay off of the pumpkin pie or avoid all carbs. That’s not real and that is also not #livingyourbestlife or whatever people are saying now. I want to offer up a couple suggestions on ways to drop out some calories so you can afford to crush your grandma’s apple pie.

And so…here we go. 

1. Cauliflower everything– Cauliflower is the hot new thing. I mean, cauliflower isn’t necessarily but making everything out of it is. People are slicing and dicing cauliflower up 100 different ways and it turns out it’s pretty delicious. Personally, I’ve had cauliflower fried rice, cauliflower pizza crust, and cauliflower curry chicken. All of these ideas turned out pretty great and it doesn’t take a lot of work. Imagine how much of  your diet can be salvaged by replacing the carb heavy dishes with a vegetable?

2. Talk it up– Thanksgiving is a time where family can get together and share               stories or just catch up. Our culture (me included) are pretty locked into our gadgets. Social media is a place that grabs your attention and keeps it for hours and hours. Instead of eating mindlessly while scrolling through your feeds, ask some questions and see if you can learn new things about your family. The point of this is not only to build relationships (very important for mental health), but also to slow yourself down from eating too fast and allowing your stomach to slide into your brain’s DM’s to tell it we need to slow down because we are getting full.

Basic math: (Eating fast) + (Not Talking) = Top jean button undone/Need room feels.

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3. Stay on your routine– The last point to hit is the importance of your routine      leading up to and following the holiday. Waking up in a gravy coma sad that you’ve  broken your great diet doesn’t happen if you take care of yourself all the way leading up to the holiday and get right back on your routine after. You don’t have to feel terrible about eating some apple pie if you know how hard you’ve worked and trust you will continue to. It’s just one meal. Make sure that one meal  doesn’t turn into the rest of the month. When the day ends, plan on getting back on point the next day.

The holidays should be about family and giving thanks for what we’re so fortunate to have. Let that be the focus. Throwing in a few of these suggestions can guarantee you will do less damage to your goals than if done otherwise. Don’t feel bad if you have some pie and stuffing. It’s not going to kill you if you’ve put the work in.

Anyone interested in those cauliflower recipes please comment below and I’ll be happy to pass those along!

Stay athletic!

Published by strengthcoach7

Graduated from Florida State University with a Masters in Sports Sciences. Strength and conditioning coach, Sports Scientist, and passion to help people find their athleticism.

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