Thanksgiving can be a tough time for many health conscious individuals, so follow these simple guidelines and you’ll survive the holiday like a champ!
Imagine all the savory smells that permeate the house during the holiday season: roasted turkey, baked ham, seasoned stuffing, sweet yams smothered in brown sugar and covered in a blanket of lightly toasted marshmallow. The tantalizing aromas of warm apple, peach, pecan and pumpkin pies tickle our senses, as they adorn the desert table just waiting for everyone to unbuckle their belts and make room. Oh yea, Thanksgiving feast can be tough, especially when everyone around you is gorging themselves in this food-fest of reckless gluttony, all the while encouraging you to do the same. “C’mon, it’s once a year! Relax and enjoy yourself! You look great, live a little!” Believe me, I’ve heard them all. If you give in, rest assured you’ll make everyone feel a whole lot better. Why is that? I’ll tell you why…it’s because misery loves company. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to do as I do each holiday season and stick to the plan.
Just in the nick of time – I give you the Turkey-Day Survival Guide! Follow these 5 simple rules and you’ll enjoy this holiday season without losing your game in the gym, or around your waist.
RULE #1: DON’T COME TO THE BUFFET TABLE STARVING
I always eat a healthy meal about 3 hours before the holiday feast. If I’m heading to the scene of the crime, the in-laws house where all these delectable treats will be in my face, I make sure to arm myself with a Muscle Chow worthy meal just before heading out the door. This allows me to keep my eyeballs in my head and my portions within reason. If you don’t have time, drink a protein shake or munch a protein bar. (more…)