10 Tricks for a Guilt-Free Thanksgiving


It’s hard to believe it’s already Thanksgiving again. One thing we can be thankful for is that we’re still here to marvel about how time flies. Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and give thanks for all of our blessings we have received and for those yet to come.


I am thankful to have such an amazing group to work with as we pursue our ultimate fitness goals. We’re having an awesome time and I am seeing amazing results for those of you who work hard and come regularly. After all, PHYSNIQUES is about YOU! YOU decide how much weight you want to lose and at what pace. If you work hard and watch your calorie intake, you are more likely to reach your desired weight more quickly. If you slack and only come once in a while, and are not mindful of your calorie intake, it’s going to take you longer. I’m happy to say that I see many of my Warriors on a regular basis and I’m hearing great things. For instance, a lot of the group come for the fun as much as they do to lose weight and get or stay in shape. I’m humbled by this entire experience and happy to have the opportunity to help others in such an important way. Our health is our life. We must do all that we can to live the best life that we can. And being beautiful certainly doesn’t help, does it, Warriors?


At this festive time, when you’re eating out at a family gathering, you will inevitably be faced with some difficult choices when being presented with those alluring aromas, savory sauces and rich, buttery desserts. There’s certainly no way you can dictate what your host puts on the menu and it can be quite easy to overindulge.

Here are a few tips so you can have a happy and guilt-free celebration.


1. Don’t skip breakfast.


If you go to the dinner table starving, you’re bound to overeat.


2. Don’t get the evil eye.
Whatever you do, refrain from announcing at the table, that you’re “trying to watch your weight.” I know that doesn’t fly at MY mama’s table. Haha


3. Fill Up before you sit Down.


Drink a glass of water before you sit down to eat.


4. Don’t let your eyes be bigger than your stomach.


I know everything looks delicious, but and make a full meal out of every side dish you partake. Just take small helpings of your favorite dishes.


5. Take it slow.


Take your time and chew your food well. Eating slowly gives your food a chance to ease into the digestion process, and as a result you will eat less.


6. Take a time out.


Wait 10 minutes before going for seconds. You may find that you really don’t want seconds.


7. Don’t clean your plate.


Most of us were taught as kids to clean your plate. When I was a child, my dad instituted a “Clean Plate Club.” The first one to clean his or her plate got a prize. Try that today, and the only prize you will get is a fat tummy!


When you’re no longer hungry. Stop eating and get rid of your plate.


8. Take a quarter or half a slice


That sweet potato pie is calling out to you. “Eat ME! Eat ME!” There is a dessert on the table that you absolutely refuse to resist, just take a smidgeon. There’s no rule that says you must take an entire slice or pie or a full bowl of pudding. So often, just having a taste of your favorite sweet sensations will satisfy that urge to snack.


9. Do you really want that?


If you take a doggie bag, Only pack those delectables that you absolutely must have, to savor the moments of the awesome time you had with family and friends, knowing that this particular feast comes around only once a year.


10. Burn It With Brenda!


Come to class tomorrow and burn those calories right back off.


These tips work well not just for Thanksgiving and holidays, but for every meal, and will help you keep your calorie count under control.


Happy Thanksgiving, Warriors!





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