Oh, Thanksgiving. Glorious Thanksgiving. A time for family, food, football, and, well, thankfulness. It is a day to express your gratitude.
Some of my fondest memories have happened on Thanksgiving. It is also the kickoff to the holidays, which I LOVE. I am Buddy the Elf in female form.
Thanksgiving is not typically a healthy meal though! In fact, it is estimated that the average American will consume 3,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day. Great news for my Keto peeps, though, because it is also estimated that the average American will consume around 229 grams of fat! Thanksgiving dinner is clearly Keto friendly.
How do we combat this? We work so hard for our health and 3,000 calories is way too much for most of us to eat for one given meal.
When you research how to have a healthy Thanksgiving, so many results appear. Things like exercising, mindful eating, healthy replacements, and not consuming alcohol.
One time, I worked out on Thanksgiving morning. I was on active duty orders while still training my clients in the gym. Someone had asked me to train them on Thanksgiving morning so I agreed. Then I decided I was going to workout myself. Why the heck not?!
The gym was the BUSIEST I had seen it since January.
Healthy replacements? How? Replace mashed potatoes with sweet potatoes? Instead of having an apple pie, sprinkle some cinnamon on apple slices?
Do we mindfully eat to the point where we are restricting going back for seconds or having dessert simply because we want to be healthy but inside we are really envious of our family members who don’t seem to care?
The truth is… I’ve been wasting your time.
I’m an English major, so I am pretty good at adding some fluff into my writing.
You can have a healthy Thanksgiving by doing what you want, eating what you want, and not worrying about actually being healthy.
Enjoy your time with your family, especially if you are with family that you don’t see very often! Practice gratitude. Don’t worry about consuming too many calories because guess what? It is not going to ruin your progress. ONE day of holiday feasting will not ruin your progress just like a single day of healthy eating didn’t get you to where you are now.
I personally LOVE Thanksgiving because I really, really love mashed potatoes. This year, Michael and I will be going to Nevada to spend Thanksgiving with my Papa and mom’s family. My Papa makes this fabulous potato bake that takes up basically half of my plate. I am SO. PUMPED.
I wear a lot of hats; NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist; wife; fur mom; writer; college student; mental health advocate; pet sitter; Airman; athlete; and many more. I love my home in the southwest and my favorite season is summer. I am a sepsis survivor and I battle with generalized anxiety disorder and depression.