Thanksgiving: 5 Simple Steps to keeping to your fitness goals.


Another year has passed and its time to gather with friends and family for some fun, football and FOOD.

What have you been waiting all year to eat? I LOVE stuffing and pumpkin pie, but I’ve planned my weekly diet around my plans to indulge this holiday... Don’t let one day blow all of your hard work by following these simple steps to keeping to your fitness goals on Thanksgiving.


1. Keep regular meals outside of Thanksgiving Dinner in line with your current nutritional plans and goals.

DON'T SKIP breakfast! If you usually have eggs and oatmeal for breakfast, have egg whites and pass up oatmeal and any fruit. Keep on schedule and have your nutritional small meals 2-3 hours apart. When its time for turkey and all the fixins, ENJOY! Eat mindfully, enjoy every bite as you would any other reward meal, then get back on track. Any remaining meals or snacks, consume as your nutrition plan states.

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2. Do some sort of activity the morning of to get the blood flowing and calories burning.

Get your family outside for some healthy competition. Flag football, ultimate frisbee, boot camp? Get outside, get active and start burning some calories before the big feast. 

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3. Minimize alcohol intake.

Eating outside of your usual calorie consumption is going to happen this holiday. That being the case, minimizing alcohol intake can keep healthy digestion on track. Because alcohol inhibits digestion (and therefore calories consumed are stored) our body will always attend to purifying the body of harmful alcohol toxins if it has to choose between that and digesting food.

4. Drink a lot of water.

Healthy digestion also requires adequate amounts of water. In order for your body to carry out toxins, burn fat and lubricate organs and joints, you must make hydration a priority. Not only will you cut cravings and get fuller more quickly, you’re replacing minerals lost during activities. 

5. Use your stored energy from Thanksgiving Dinner to blast major body parts in the gym on Friday.

Plan your workouts accordingly this week. Because you're going to be indulging in extra calories and carbs, use the stored energy to get an awesome workout the next day. Focus on major body groups like legs or chest and back. Do super sets with heavy weights and 20-30 minutes of interval cardio post workout.

Whatever you choose to do this Thursday, sticking to a plan will help keep you on track towards your fitness goals. Implement these 5 important steps during the holidays and come up with New Years resolutions your actually interested in following through on without the distraction of those extra pounds.

I want to wish everyone and all of the GNS followers a very special, happy Thanksgiving day. Don't forget, everyday offers the opportunity to be thankful for our blessings, relationships and so much more. Living with a heart of gratitude brings forth more joy, patience, love and LIFE than you've ever imagined. Now go work hard and enjoy your holiday!!

Best creamed cauliflower... EVER!

I can't take credit for this recipe -- but you better believe I'm bringing this to our Thanksgiving get-together.

Inspired Wellness by Lauren Rae