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Winning: Beat the belly bulge

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! What a glorious day to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, I just have the best memories of spending time with loved ones, preparing and eating the most delicious meal and being grateful for so many things.

Since I became so invested in living a healthy, nutritious and active lifestyle, I approach the the holidays differently. I used to stuff my face silly. Now, I've learned to be more selective about my indulgences and to splurge in moderation. Having a plan helps keep me on track. I can still party with food and a couple drinks and have a good time, without feeling like a stuffed turkey.

I finally feel like I have control over my food intake. Remember holidays are about celebrating with loved ones, not to obsess over food. You can enjoy yourself and all of your favorite dedicates without sabotaging yourself. Here are my top tips to stay on track this Thanksgiving:

1️⃣Plan ahead-Have a game plan before eating! I typically recommend a good serving of turkey and eyeball 1/4 cup of your favorite sides. That way you can taste test without gorging yourself. Having a plan sets you up for success.

2️⃣Drink water-Hydration is key before/during/after meals to help flush out our systems and helps keep us full. A lot of the times when we think we're hungry, we're actually thirsty! Step up that water game.

3️⃣Don't starve to then stuff yourself silly-This can be a vicious cycle. Stick to your regular programming. Eat your breakfast, have a snack or shake, then enjoy your Thanksgiving meal. Don't not eat all day to go ham (no pun intended) at dinner. Then you'll really feel like a stuffed turkey.

4️⃣Indulge in your favorites, pass over the rest-Why waste calories on so/so foods?! Pick your favs and savor every bite. I'll be saving room for green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie! Yum!

5️⃣Don't make yourself feel guilty-Holidays are meant to be celebrated with the people we care about. Enjoy your time and stop stressing about what you're eating. Everything in moderation!

6️⃣Get back on track-Enjoy your meal, then move on! If you're going for seconds later on, opt for more turkey and vegetables and less carb/fat loaded sides. Think balance!

7️⃣Do something active-It's always fun to relax and digest after a scrumptious meal. However, it's also good to move that body! I'm not saying you have to go to the gym, but a nice walk with loved ones can do the body good and help you feel not so full!

Hope these tips were helpful! Wishing everyone a wonderful Holiday❤️

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