Maintaining your waistline and stress level this time of year is harder than learning how to perfectly contour your face like Kim K. This week we face Thanksgiving, a holiday filled with your family asking why you aren't married, how school is going, and what are you doing with your life and career. To make matters worse, all the time you spent this season eating right and exercising to look tight in your Halloween costume is about to go down the drain. Sound worse than getting ghosted by that hottie you met on Bumble? It's not, if you know how to navigate this minefield. Here are some tips to not bust out of your Spanx (physically and mentally) this holiday season:
1. Meditation. Before I enter into any stressful situation, I meditate. Meditation isn’t just something your hippy aunt named Rainbow does out by her tomato garden. It is something any “normal” person can do and it is a completely free way to de-stress! Since my mind is always buzzing, I use a meditation app I downloaded on my phone called Headspace which provides a 10 minute guided meditation. There are plenty other free apps like this too, and I highly recommend giving them a shot! You will be surprised at how much more grounded you feel after a solid meditation sesh. Not only will this help you deal with the chaos of the holiday, but it will also help you manage your eating habits. Meditation helps you become more mindful about what you are putting on your plate, which helps avoid over-eating.
2. Stock up on veggies. Think about it- the more vegetables you put on your plate, the less room on your plate, and in your stomach, for the junky stuff. Scout out all the salads, roasted veggies, and vegetable-based soups that might be at your dinner table! Fill up on these nutrient-dense foods and you will be feeling great and ready to hit the mall at 6 AM for Black Friday.
3. BYOD (Bring your own dessert). There are so many easy healthified desserts out there that any basic babe can make! First of all, you should not show up empty handed to Thanksgiving dinner. You have manners, you're not a savage. Might as well bring something nutrient rich and delicious that everyone at the party can indulge in and not feel bloated afterward! I made this amazing Healthy 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Fudge that anyone with a pulse can make.
4. Write a list of what you are thankful for. It is really easy to get caught up in the stress of the holiday and forget Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time to be with people you love, and appreciate how fortunate you are. Studies have shown that people who write down what they are grateful for every morning are happier than those that don't. It's not hard! Take five minutes before dinner and try it.
5. Offer to help clean. Get a mini workout in by helping carry dirty plates to the sink, and scrub some pots! Nothing like a post-turkey arm workout. Your host and your body will thank you for the movement during this otherwise sluggish time.
6. Wine. If all else is not going your way, grab a glass of wine, relax, and deal with it! Sometimes all you have to do to succeed is show up. Thanksgiving is one of those occasions! Relax, enjoy, and raise a glass with the ones you love!