We’ve all done it one time or another…too much thanksgiving dinner (TMTD for short) is not the end of the world. Sure, you may feel tired and bloated and your loved ones may be running for cover (especially if beans were involved) but this will pass. How can you get back on track if you feel like you “blew it”?
1. You didn’t blow it. You had a feast. There is a difference. It’s not like you were curled up in bed by yourself with a bag of chips and a carton of ice cream all weekend! Get over yourself.
2. Get moving! You will feel better physically and mentally after you get your heart rate up and use up some of that extra energy. If you are following a regular exercise program, make sure you get back at it right away. Your body needs a dose of exercise at least every 48 hours to keep that metabolism in high gear.
3. Eat a little less for a day or two. The day after a big meal you may find you’re not even hungry until the afternoon. Listen to your body instead of force-feeding yourself breakfast. If you’re not hungry, don’t eat. You may also want to cut down on portion sizes for a day or two after a big meal to help prevent fat storage.
4. Give away or throw out leftovers that you don’t want to eat. Keep the turkey and the sweet potatoes but let your neighbors have the gravy and the pie or freeze it for later. Just because you have it doesn’t mean you need to turn your whole week into a poor food choice marathon!
Hope you had a lovely Canadian Thanksgiving!