The Perfect Thanksgiving Day Game Plan
Get Enough Sleep the Night Before
Find Time to Work Out
If you can’t find time to work out on Thanksgiving, don’t beat yourself up. We all need a break every now and then. However, exercising the day before and after can make the difference between you feeling good about yourself and you feeling like a stuffed turkey. Exercise will not only help you shed the extra calories you packed with all the Thanksgiving yumminess, but it will also give you energy to prepare and clean up.
Make Healthy Food Choices
Invite Family and Friends
COVID-19 permitting, spending Thanksgiving with family and friends is a great way to keep in mind what we have to be thankful for. If spending time with certain family members stresses you out, focus on others. Surround yourself with people who uplift you and make you feel good (and also who will pitch in with all the work!).
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
When preparing a meal and event of this magnitude, it’s possible that not everything will go exactly as planned. The stuffing might burn, or your friend might bring a plus one who wasn’t invited…being prepared for the unexpected helps you handle it with aplomb when it happens. So what if the stuffing burns? You have plenty of other sides. Who cares if one extra person joins? You have plenty of food! Focusing on the good instead of the things that are not in your control will ultimately help you have a more enjoyable day.
Why the detailed game plan for a one-day event? Even though Thanksgiving is only one day, and only really celebrated for a few hours of that day, health is so important that compromising for even a short time isn’t worth it. Moreover, once you break out of healthy habits, even for a few hours, it’s much harder to resume. The principle of inertia tells us that it’s much easier to stay in your current state than to change. Make your current state one of health, and you’re more likely to stay that way.