“Every great work, every great accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision. And often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.” – Florence Shinn
It’s tomorrow! One of the best days of the year when we give thanks for all that is good in our lives (which is allot!) and celebrate with friends & family. To help you give thanks for your health, and help you feel energy, vitality & joy on Thanksgiving Day, we have assembled a brief Thanksgiving Day Survival Guide.
1. Get up an workout! Of course you want to sleep in, enjoy your family’s warmth & create memories on Thanksgiving Day! But your Turkey Day Workout is not about doing a 3-hour long cardio session – it’s about getting the good, healthy juices flowing for your Day. Why do you think fitness junkies almost always do a T-Day 5k? It’s to ensure that your appetites & energy are at their peak!
So try this 30 min HIIT workout tomorrow morning: 5 min warmup & stretch, 5 min light jog, then 20 min HIIT, skip for height for 20 jumps, lunge for 20 steps, squat jump for 15 jump, do 20 situps, then run hard for 1 minute. Rest 30 seconds then repeat the entire sequence for 20 minutes.
2. Fill up on water! We like Kangen water for its hydration properties, but also try mineral water for the bubbly effect (we like La Croix). Hydrated bodies tend to be less driven by cravings going into the Thanksgiving meal!
3. Stay out of the kitchen unless you’re cooking – and keep your hands busy! Play a game, watch a movie, hold a baby – but stay engaged unless it’s time for one of your meals.
4. Eat 5 meals! Having just eaten a few hours before, and knowing that you will eat again a few hours after your Thanksgiving meal will keep you from overdoing it too much.
5. Brind a Paleo appetizer! You could bring a veggie tray with Greek yogurt - try this recipe – or Paleo spaghetti & meatballs – try this recipe. Having some Paleo treats before, during and after the meal will keep you feeling more than satisfied!
6. Bring a Paleo desert! There are different schools of thought on how to handle a cheat meal, but Coach Mariah recommends still sticking with Paleo or clean treats – just more of them. “You’ll feel well enough to get up the next day and workout,” she says. “If you eat sugary stuff you won’t get to have as much, and you’ll lose the next day with a sugar hangover. Best to have Paleo treats and inhale the wonderful aromas coming from the sugary treat area. If you want ask for a bite or two of someone’s sugary pie or cookie – but you should find that your palette has changed and you like the Paleo / whole foods version better.” Try these Paleo Pumpkin bars, or these Paleo chocolate chip pumpkin cookies! Craving something else? Simply google “Paleo _______” and search for a recipe that suits your fancy!
7. Paleo Thanksgiving Meal? That’s the easy part! A deliciously succulent turkey, cranberry dressing, a kale salad – try this recipe – will fill you to the brim. Sides like Paleo stuffing or Paleo candied yams – try perusing this link – will round it out and get you ready for some Paleo hot chocolate (try a packet of sugar free hot cocoa mixed with warmed coconut milk, which you can buy canned at just about any grocery store)
8. Log all your food! Be judgement free about it, but seeing it will keep you from going too far off the deep end.
9. Workout the next morning! Get up and take a nice 30 – 45-minute walk/run. Try this: 10 min warmup & stretch, 20 min run 1 min, walk 2 min. If you’r advanced you can run as long as 6 min then walk 1 min up to 45 minutes.
10. Celebrate your achievements, family and joy. We tend to lose those things we don’t celebrate, so enjoy your day, your family, and this life. Cheers to your health, to you, and to everything you contribute to those around you!