Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Getting Back On Track After Thanksgiving

This might be a little too early to post, but anyway, Thanksgiving will be coming soon, so I want to share to you some tips on how to get back on track after partying with Mr. Turkey :).

Indulging a little on Thanksgiving makes it easier to get back on track the next day. The same strategies that help control overeating work even better the day after, when there's less social pressure, to go overboard.

Start by stepping on the scale. If you've gained weight, that can motivate you to avoid devouring a fridge full of leftovers. More ideas:

  • At breakfast, instead of eating a doughnut, try a bowl of wholegrain cereal or oatmeal with fruit and nonfat milk.
  • Instead of butter or cream cheese on your toast or bagel, try a little unsweetened fruit jam.
  • Put leftover vegetables in your blender, heat and - voila - soup!
  • Get out of the kitchen and go shopping. Black Friday is one of the best shopping days of the year. Do a few laps around the mall before you begin and bring fruit to snack on.
  • Exercise more. Many people don't have to work the day after Thanksgiving, so it's easier to schedule a long walk or sing up for a "Turkey Blast" fitness walk or class at the gym. If nothing else, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and park farther away from your destination.