You're not supposed to treat Thanksgiving as a cheat meal because hello, EATING is` what you're SUPPOSED to do on Thanksgiving, but we all know damn well there are going to be a lot more meals coming our way for the rest of the year.
I'll be the first to admit that I tend to overindulge around the holidays, I think it's safe to say most of us do, but that doesn't mean we should totally forget everything we've worked for up until this point. If you're having a really hard time leaving the dinner table and leaving a trail of crumbs on your way to the gym, keep these 5 ways to cheat your cheat meal in mind to help you through the rest of the season.
1. Lay off the leftovers. My mother might actually disown me if she knew I was telling you this because when Italians cook, they cook for the whole point of having leftovers, but leave them where you found them, right at the hosts' house. Although they're arguably the best part about the holidays, dinner party platters usually aren't the healthiest. By not taking any food home with you it'll keep one unhealthy meal out of your body.
2. Bring something green with you.
Another thing my mother taught me is never show up empty handed. This could be your chance to spread the health! Rather than bring the standard carb filled casserole, bring some green to the table like a Winter spinach salad topped with beets. Need more ideas? Check out some of my favorite Instagram recipe and foodies pages like @wionutrition, @siggisdairy, and @shutthekaleup for ideas on what you can bring to the table.
3. Keep your boundaries.
Keeping track of our Macros or the amount of macaroons we eat, we all have our intake boundaries. As of lately, mine has been don't eat until you feel like you're going to die (also known as gluttony), but that's besides the point. Do your best in remembering that the Holidays are just another time of the year so you should still be on top of your numbers as if the days weren't topped off with sugar cookies and hot chocolate.
4. Only stick to a few drinks.
Holidays=booze, DUH. As if we need another excuse to get drunk with our family. At this point you know you shouldn't exactly
be chugging Candy Cane cocktails and spiked egg nog. Try to stay away from the extra sugary, extra creamy cocktails that will give you a wicked hangover and make your stomach say NU UH before it's even finished. Instead, treat yourself with cocktails like a Winter Sea Breeze or a healthier version of a Dark and Stormy.
5. Sweat out your sweet tooth.
You can have your cake and eat it too...as long as you do some type of exercise after to sweat it out. Here's a little trick you can play with yourself. For every sweet you have, add on an additional amount of time or amount of reps to your workout. For example, if you whyle out on the cookie platter and eat 4, well than that means add an additional 4 minutes to your workout or an additional 4 burpees. This doesn't give you permission to eat the whole damn platter and go head first into a 45 minute workout (unless you're into that kind of thing), but it does give you a little something to work for one way or another.