Happy Thanksgiving! It’s pretty wonderful to be living in the US and taking part in what is truly 4 days of total relaxation, celebration and displays of gratitude all across the country. In Canada, we have Thanksgiving in October, and it’s based on a different event (involving an explorer and somewhere approximating the North Pole, naturally). There’s something special about Thanksgiving in November, since it really kicks off that holiday cheer. Today, we crushed an amazing buffet turkey dinner at the Fairmont in Nob Hill, and we’re heading out to Sonoma for the rest of the weekend which I’ll post about next week. Can’t wait!
I strongly believe that even those of us who love clean living and fitness need to indulge, because let’s face it, pumpkin pie rocks my world. But, I don’t love the feeling the morning after too much wine and whip cream. Here are the top ways that I get back into gear:
1. Clean up your diet the next morning: Many people are staying with family surrounded by leftover pecan pie, but even in this scenario you can choose vegetables, turkey breast, and complex carbs (microwave one of the sweet potatoes that didn’t get used). Stay away from foods that are proven to be hard on the digestion, like onions, garlic, dairy, and many fruits (more details here). If you wan’t some pumkin pie, go for it, but just a little this time!
2. Listen to your body: If you’re full the next morning and don’t want breakfast, go without. But make sure to eat before your blood sugar drops and keep it steady through the day with clean food. Getting hangry = making poor choices (sweet potato pie with whip cream anyone?).
3. Move, somehow: This is the perfect time to hit the gym for some fasted steady state cardio, since your muscles are fueled up. If this isn’t a reality, walk, stand, and move as much as possible throughout the day to burn off the extra calories.
4. Wear comfy clothes all day: sweat pants, tights and tunics, lululemons, hoodies and tees. Now is not the time to subject a hard working tummy to tight dresses or high wasited skinny jeans!
5. Aid digestion: I have a terrible digestive system and react to a lot of things. I always take a digestive enzyme before a large meal, and make sure I’m pumped up on probiotics, especially during the holidays (my favorite source is kefir). I also find that peppermint, fennel, and ginger teas help soothe tummy troubles, and peppermint has been proven to relax the digestive tract. Sometimes a little fizz helps me too – today we chose champagne (probably not smart, but I can never say no to Gloria Ferrer for desert). When neccessary, Pepto baby.
Most importantly, stay positive. One day of poor eating will not derail your fitness goals. As my friend Dan MacDonald talks about in his latest blog post on fitness, a big meal has been proven to give your metabolism a boost (if it’s a one off thing). You deserve it!
Now, I leave you with some champagne and high fashion apres Thanksgiving wear. Have a great weekend!