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3-DAY REFRESH: GET YOUR BODY BACK ON THE FAST TRACK TO WEIGHT LOSS AND HEALTHY EATING HABITS

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Thanksgiving Meal
Thanksgiving Meal
11/21/12 10:30 AM
Just a quick question for anyone with the answer. With thanksgiving being tomorrow,and i'm sure many people going to big family meals. Any advice on how to get through a family potluck without falling off my diet wagon, well still eating some of the homemade food that is brought?
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RE: Thanksgiving Meal
11/21/12 10:33 AM as a reply to lklankowski.
A few things come to mind:

- Stick with the least-damaging foods. Turkey, green beans, corn, sweet potatoes are all good options.

- Limit your choices, not your amounts of food. Try to pick 2-3 food items to eat, and then eat until you are satisfied. Fewer choices generally means fewer calories.

- Don't stress. It's one day; do the best you can, and then make sure your diet is rock solid when you start back up on Friday.

Hope that helps.
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RE: Thanksgiving Meal
11/21/12 10:45 AM as a reply to lklankowski.
Be sure to get a good breakfast in like shakeology or an egg white omelet filled with veggies & a slice of toast high in fiber. That way you will start the day right. Start eating with the veggies that way by time you go to get a higher calorie food you're getting full already & remember portion size should be half of the regular size portion if you want to try everything....Which I don't recommend. If I want to try something new I give up eating something I've already ate years in a row emoticon Plus remember to save room for dessert....I do recomed that on holidays....lol But it all comes down to control your portions & moderation. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving-CARLIE




lklankowski:
Just a quick question for anyone with the answer. With thanksgiving being tomorrow,and i'm sure many people going to big family meals. Any advice on how to get through a family potluck without falling off my diet wagon, well still eating some of the homemade food that is brought?
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RE: Thanksgiving Meal
11/21/12 11:54 AM as a reply to lklankowski.
Don't go into the meal hungry. Eat a filling breakfast and/or lunch (depending on when you eat your Thanksgiving meal) as you would any other day. Drink your Shakeology!!

Get in a good workout the morning of (and, of course, refuel properly afterward). I know that I won't do much else on Thanksgiving other than sit around with my family, so sitting all day and eating a big meal makes me feel bloated and uncomfortable. An earlier workout helps me avoid this feeling.

Fill up on veggies- make it at least half your plate or have a smaller plate on the side full of them (or a salad).

Stick to the foods you deem "worth it". For instance, processed stuffing that comes out of a bag? Probably not worth it. But your aunt's homemade stuffing that's so delicious? Go for it! These are usually the foods that only come out around the holidays. Stick to a decent sized portion, but don't deprive yourself.

Have one plate and then drink a glass or two of water before deciding if you want more. Do the same if you plan on drinking alcohol.

Remember that it's only one meal on one day. If you fall off the wagon, just jump back on the next day. The holidays are a time to spend with family and friends, so just enjoy yourself! I find that stressing about it only makes me feel worse.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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RE: Thanksgiving Meal
11/22/12 12:03 PM as a reply to lklankowski.
lklankowski:
Just a quick question for anyone with the answer. With thanksgiving being tomorrow,and i'm sure many people going to big family meals. Any advice on how to get through a family potluck without falling off my diet wagon, well still eating some of the homemade food that is brought?


Here are a full tips:

Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 1:

Make exercise part of your family’s annual tradition. i.e. Instead of socializing around the food table, why not try talking while walking or taking a bike ride? Playing basketball? By moving before eating, you will rev up your metabolisms to burn more calories for the next few hours. A post-dinner walk will prevent drowsiness and keep the metabolism going as well

Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 2:

Get together with siblings and other family members to run races on Thanksgiving morning, or play flag football. Brian and I have done a “Turkey Trot” and this year we have already mapped our Turkey Day Run. We love using mapmyrun.

Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 3:

Avoid skipping breakfast. Sure, you may think it would be a good idea to “save calories” from breakfast and gorge more come dinner time. However, this is counterproductive. By skipping breakfast, you set yourself up for overeating, as the body begins to drop dangerously low in blood sugar levels, which will spike as soon as any food is introduced into the system.

Good breakfast choices include a fiber-rich breakfast like whole grain cereal with a glass of low-fat milk, a slice of whole wheat toast with egg whites, shakeology, oatmeal with berries. This will keep you feeling full longer and decrease your likelihood of overeating.

Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 4:

Be mindful of what is going into your mouth. Its SO easy to stand by the buffet table and snack away, but this can be easily avoided by taking a small plate filled with primarily vegetables. by swapping plates: put your salad and veggies on the dinner plate and the rest of the dinner items on your salad plate. According to numerous studies, you are more likely to overeat when you choose larger plates. Scientists blame the Delboeuf illusion, which is responsible for making the proper serving of turkey (the size of a deck of cards) look filling when put on an 8” dish or meager on a 12” dish.Take your time, chewing slowly and more deliberately. It takes time for your brain to catch up with your stomach! Give your stomach time to digest.

Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 5:

Try putting a healthy twist on traditional dishes. For example, instead of green bean casserole, try baking steamed green beans with cooked onions and mushrooms drizzled with olive oil and topped with parmesan cheese.

Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 6:

Drink plenty of water. Alcohol and coffee can dehydrate your body. Drink calorie-free water to help fill up your stomach and keep you hydrated. Drinking water also helps curb overeating.

Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 7:

Don’t Desert Dessert. Dessert does not have to be unhealthy, yet on holiday occasions, usually it is. This is an area you can take charge of and make sure that there is a dessert that is healthy by bringing some healthy options. Ideas include a fresh fruit salad or berries with non-fat whipped cream.

Overall, Enjoy this time with your family and friends. Be Thankful for their love and support. Make sure to eat your meals slowly, make sure your portion sizes are small, and enjoy the experience of eating rather than rushing through the process.

After the holiday, don’t get discouraged with yourself. Accept that you had a great meal and move forward. Long-term success is a journey littered with holidays and celebrations. Jump right back into the swing of your normal routine.

How is TF going? Love it!

Cheers,
Christina
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RE: Thanksgiving Meal
11/23/12 11:09 AM as a reply to lklankowski.
I sure hope all this helped??? so how did Thanksgiving go for you? Im here if you need anymore questions answered emoticon Team Engage-Carlie




lklankowski:
Just a quick question for anyone with the answer. With thanksgiving being tomorrow,and i'm sure many people going to big family meals. Any advice on how to get through a family potluck without falling off my diet wagon, well still eating some of the homemade food that is brought?
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RE: Thanksgiving Meal
11/25/12 10:48 AM as a reply to lklankowski.
Well if you can do without Thanksgiving food it's pretty easy. I've never been a fan of Thanksgiving food, so I've always made my own food on Thanksgiving. This year it was 12 oz. of chicken and homemade kale chips!
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RE: Thanksgiving Meal
11/26/12 2:52 PM as a reply to CoachCBove.
The below is all great advice. On Thanksgiving day I ate a big meal and went for a walk on the beach. The next day I was up early and went for a long mountain bike ride. The truth is that there's little damage that a single feast can do to your weight loss progress. Just be sure it doesn't make you fall off the wagon permanently and lose your healthy eating habits.

CoachCBove:
lklankowski:
Just a quick question for anyone with the answer. With thanksgiving being tomorrow,and i'm sure many people going to big family meals. Any advice on how to get through a family potluck without falling off my diet wagon, well still eating some of the homemade food that is brought?


Here are a full tips:

Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 1:

Make exercise part of your family’s annual tradition. i.e. Instead of socializing around the food table, why not try talking while walking or taking a bike ride? Playing basketball? By moving before eating, you will rev up your metabolisms to burn more calories for the next few hours. A post-dinner walk will prevent drowsiness and keep the metabolism going as well

Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 2:

Get together with siblings and other family members to run races on Thanksgiving morning, or play flag football. Brian and I have done a “Turkey Trot” and this year we have already mapped our Turkey Day Run. We love using mapmyrun.

Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 3:

Avoid skipping breakfast. Sure, you may think it would be a good idea to “save calories” from breakfast and gorge more come dinner time. However, this is counterproductive. By skipping breakfast, you set yourself up for overeating, as the body begins to drop dangerously low in blood sugar levels, which will spike as soon as any food is introduced into the system.

Good breakfast choices include a fiber-rich breakfast like whole grain cereal with a glass of low-fat milk, a slice of whole wheat toast with egg whites, shakeology, oatmeal with berries. This will keep you feeling full longer and decrease your likelihood of overeating.

Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 4:

Be mindful of what is going into your mouth. Its SO easy to stand by the buffet table and snack away, but this can be easily avoided by taking a small plate filled with primarily vegetables. by swapping plates: put your salad and veggies on the dinner plate and the rest of the dinner items on your salad plate. According to numerous studies, you are more likely to overeat when you choose larger plates. Scientists blame the Delboeuf illusion, which is responsible for making the proper serving of turkey (the size of a deck of cards) look filling when put on an 8” dish or meager on a 12” dish.Take your time, chewing slowly and more deliberately. It takes time for your brain to catch up with your stomach! Give your stomach time to digest.

Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 5:

Try putting a healthy twist on traditional dishes. For example, instead of green bean casserole, try baking steamed green beans with cooked onions and mushrooms drizzled with olive oil and topped with parmesan cheese.

Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 6:

Drink plenty of water. Alcohol and coffee can dehydrate your body. Drink calorie-free water to help fill up your stomach and keep you hydrated. Drinking water also helps curb overeating.

Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Tip 7:

Don’t Desert Dessert. Dessert does not have to be unhealthy, yet on holiday occasions, usually it is. This is an area you can take charge of and make sure that there is a dessert that is healthy by bringing some healthy options. Ideas include a fresh fruit salad or berries with non-fat whipped cream.

Overall, Enjoy this time with your family and friends. Be Thankful for their love and support. Make sure to eat your meals slowly, make sure your portion sizes are small, and enjoy the experience of eating rather than rushing through the process.

After the holiday, don’t get discouraged with yourself. Accept that you had a great meal and move forward. Long-term success is a journey littered with holidays and celebrations. Jump right back into the swing of your normal routine.

How is TF going? Love it!

Cheers,
Christina
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