Getting back into shape after Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the beginning of the holiday season, and it’s a turning point in many people’s habits, at least until January 1st. For some, it all goes downhill after the fourth Thursday of November, but for you it can be a chance to enjoy the holidays without forgoing discipline. Instead of using the time of the year as an excuse, you should treat the days immediately after Thanksgiving as if they were like any other normal day; that is, don’t continue overindulging, but don’t eat less as way to balance the previous excess either, because that would ultimately be counterproductive.

Moreover, you should avoid dairy products like milk and cheese, coffee, refined sugar, carbonated beverages, and highly acidic foods in the days right after Thanksgiving, instead opting for vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. In addition, you should drink plenty of water in order to cope with digestive problems, as well as to fill you up so that you won’t feel the need to eat too much.

A lot of people think that the holidays give them carte blanche to completely forget about healthy eating habits, especially if you have to eat at an airport often during these times; the same can be applied to exercise. Thus, it’s important to make a conscious effort to remain physically active throughout the holiday season. As a matter of fact though, making it through the end-of-year festivities relatively unscathed is all in the mind. Although it may seem like a relief to let yourself go if only for a few weeks, you have to look at the big picture. Instead of eating your way to a weight loss New Year’s resolution, take preemptive measures to make sure you won’t gain and keep that much weight to begin with.  

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