How to ‘Fix’ your Thanksgiving!

As we prepare for the holidays tomorrow, you might be thinking…I’m just going to throw all of my cares to the wind and eat whatever I like. Enjoy every single desert that is put on the table, and all the bread my heart desires. Is that really smart for your head?

As I’m nearly 10 months into my new lifestyle (I wouldn’t label it anything other than flexible conscious dieting) and lean clean and green eating, I can’t rely on my mindset to do the work as often as I would like it to. You see, I usually say 70% of my mindset and 30% of my exercise will be enough for me to maintain this lifestyle change. But I’m finding I need to be stronger…it’s more like 90%! What do I mean by that? I mean that the conscious decisions I make in my diet day in and day out, truly affect my outlook on my body, my willpower, and the attitude I have towards slip-ups. When I turn down something that makes my face break out, or my stomach hurt, and replace it with something that keeps me feeling light and full and nourished, I feel empowered! It’s a feeling of success over my stupid bored stomach that I am training my brain to feel….and I LOVE this feeling. It’s a feeling of control that I’ve been looking for my entire life (I know I’m not that old yet, sorry lol) but I truly never felt like I needed to care because I was so in control, and I could totally out-train my diet. WRONG. You’ve heard me say this a hundred times. It will catch up to you. So what if it has? Should you start tomorrow? Yes! There is no reason you can’t swap a biscuit for a veggie. The Holidays are the best time to make more conscious decisions, to ‘win’ the battle against the spread, and make some small changes. You will be on your way to a much better New Year than you think. I am done giving up my goals for the year in November. I am going to finish this year stronger than ever. I’ll write more on that later!

These are just a few things to keep in mind:

1) Keep your body moving-get up early before the cooking starts and get in your normal exercise! I plan on going for a run in the morning and doing PIYO and some bikini abs!

2) Portion Size does matter-see below!

3) Wiggle Room is good for you! If you’re eating lean clean and green, you will not throw yourself completely into a slump by indulging in your favorite desert

4) Get active with your family! Have the afternoon Turkey-comma? Take the family outside for a walk or some football before it gets dark!

5) Please eat breakfast! It’s a great idea to have your normal breakfast to avoid completely throwing yourself for a loop. This will help you stay full and not starved by the time the big meal comes around. You will be less likely to eat things off your normal plan and stick to your portions and not go crazy!

6) Don’t stress-enjoy your family! Thinking about tomorrow and planning the things you want to enjoy is better than not having a plan. Be grateful for the body you have and the energy that it gives you, and the time you get to relax away from work and the crazy hustle of life. I’m writing about gratitude this week. Enjoy a small piece of pumpkin pie =)

7) Make your own dish! If you do have the option to bring something nutrient dense, you can absolutely keep your choices in control. Check out some of my favorite recipes by Tone it Up! 

Have your pumpkin pie, your biscuits and gravy, lots of wine, and enjoy the time with your family! But use discretion and try to stick to your portions! For me, it’s not about ‘I can’t eat any of this because I need to look a certain way’ It’s honestly the ‘after effect’ that puts me in a sour mood, and makes me feel yucky. And that is completely fine if this sounds extremely scary to you….because I’m not forcing this lifestyle onto anyone.

But if you are a little curious if there are some ways to do less damage than is really necessary, I wanted to share Autumn’s video with y’all! It’s actually possible! Salad, greens, sweet potatoes, turkey, you can have it! Autumn is an expert on portion control, so if that’s something you think you could work on, take a look!

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I <3 Eggs: 13 Recipes to Blow Your Mind

Eggs

 

Wow, just wow. I am a breakfast whore. There, I said it. I love breakfast. I have been eating it since…(a lady never tells her age), ever single day. For me, it’s not possible to skip. It kick starts my day, helps me avoid office pastries, and late night snacking too! So I am sharing this amazing blog post with y’all to help you share in my love for anything breakfast. (We’ll start with breakfast…I promise to provide pancake recipes too)

And while I love my daily Shakeology because I am always running out the door, I still buy eggs and egg whites! Thank God! Because eggs are so good for you. One large egg has just 77 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 6 grams of protein. The yolks contain important B-vitamins, omega-3s, and all 9 essential amino acids. Egg whites are an excellent source of lean protein. Eating only the whites removes all of the fat and cholesterol, however, you miss out on all of the other nutritional benefits. So, even if you’re limiting fat in your diet, make sure you eat the whole egg once in a while.

Egg White Breakfast Burrito
This burrito is loaded with egg whites, turkey bacon (yes, bacon!), and bell peppers to create a grab-and-go, high-protein breakfast. Get the recipe.

Healthy egg white breakfast burrito recipe with bell peppers and turkey bacon.

Herbed Poached Egg Whites on Wheat
A sprinkle of chopped tarragon takes basic egg-whites to a new level of flavor. Don’t be intimidated by poaching eggs, it’s easier than you think! This light breakfast contains only 157 calories. Get the recipe.

Herbed Poached egg whites on sprouted grain toast breakfast recipe.

 

Egg White Omelet with Mushrooms, Tomato, and Cheddar
Power-up your morning with this protein-packed egg white omelet stuffed with mushrooms and chopped tomato. Mix it up by substituting your favorite veggies, like spinach and bell peppers. Get the recipe.

Healthy egg white omelet recipe with mushrooms, tomato, and cheddar cheese.

 

Egg White Scramble with Chicken
This satisfying scramble starts your day with plenty of protein, and it’s a great way to use leftover chicken! Get the recipe.

High-protein egg white scramble with chicken breakfast recipe.

 

Spinach Omelet with Gouda
Try something a little different with this spinach and corn omelet sprinkled with flavorful smoked gouda cheese. Get the recipe.

Egg white omelet with Spinach corn and gouda cheese breakfast recipe.

 

Frittata with Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, and Parmesan
This colorful frittata is easy to make and tastes great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Swap out chard for spinach or kale if you prefer. Tastes great warm or cold! Get the recipe.

 

Huevos Rancheros
This Mexican egg dish makes a perfect weekend breakfast. In a hurry? Swap in prepared tomato salsa. Get the recipe.

 

Hummus Filled Eggs
For a filling, protein-packed snack, try hummus with your eggs. Chopped kalamata olives and smoked paprika make these taste like no deviled eggs we’ve ever had. Get the recipe.

Recipe for hummus filled deviled eggs, a high-protein snack.

 

Poached Eggs with Asparagus
The classic pairing of steamed asparagus and poached eggs makes a tasty breakfast or brunch, but we like it as a complete, healthy meal any time of day. Get the recipe.

Healthy recipe for steamed asparagus and poached eggs

 

Poached Eggs with Greens and Brown Rice
This versatile recipe can be a savory breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Give it a try, and this delicious rice bowl might become a favorite go-to meal. Get the recipe.

Healthy rice bowl recipe with brown rice, spinach, bok choy, and poached eggs

 

Salad Niçoise
We gave this classic French salad a healthy makeover! It makes a filling lunch or dinner and has only 291 calories per serving. Get the recipe.

Healthy Nicoise salad recipe with tuna, eggs, green beans, tomatoes, and potatoes.

 

Easy Fried Rice
Can something with “fried” in the name be good for you? We made it possible with this lighter version made with brown rice, eggs, chicken and vegetables. Get the recipe.

Easy fried rice recipe with chicken, eggs, and vegetables.

 

Pumpkin Coconut Custards
Step into fall with these pumpkin custards made with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and a touch of coconut extract. Get the recipe.

Healthy recipe for pumpkin and coconut custard like creme brûlée.

 

Which one are you going to make this weekend? I want them all!!