I’m going to assume that most people readying this eat healthy, for the most part, all year long. Eating healthy is an important part of a fit lifestyle. 

So, you’re probably wondering: what do I eat for the upcoming holidays like Thanksgiving? Should I eat “clean”?  Should I avoid those beautiful turkey legs and stuffing with some awesome gravy on the side?

My answer? Eat EVERYTHING and ANYTHING you want.

Here’s why.

Ask yourself: how often do you actually consume turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and gravy?  Probably not that often. Maybe one, two, three times a year?

Because you barely get a chance to eat these meals, why miss out on them? One or two days of this kind of eating is not going to affect your fitness goals. Crush the food game this holiday break and put yourself into a food coma. Indulge and enjoy these meals, because you probably won’t have it again for a long time. 

Even those these meals are limited, you still may feel a little guilty with all the food consumption. Try these tips to help deplete your guilt and enjoy your holiday to the fullest. 

Know that you should never feel guilty about your food choices.

Ever. There will be another day, a healthier meal, it’s ok to indulge. Rid your emotions of guilty when it comes to food.

Feel good about your diet leading up to the holiday.

It’ll make that one day of not so great eating exactly that: just one day of not so great eating. Then, afterwards you can go right back to your good habits of meal prepping, treating yourself the healthy way, and eating lots of vegetables and nutritious foods. But on Thanksgiving? It can be a different story, and that’s ok. 

Do a killer workout that morning or before dinner.

Read about why you should work out on Thanksgiving here.

Try to do an awesome workout the morning of Thanksgiving. Do a Turkey Trot in your hometown. Or, if you’re not a runner, include some heavy compound workouts (squatsssss), and throw in some HIIT (tabata) and finish off with timed rests – the shorter rest period the better.  That way you’ll come back from the gym hungry and ready, and your body can use that big meal as your post-workout fuel. 

Crush it with your workouts and healthy eating starting the next day.

One day of overeating is just that: one day. People often get caught up in the fear centered around overeating instead of just allowing themselves to focus on what’s really important about Thanksgiving: time with your family and friends. Don’t let your fears prevent you from enjoying the holiday. Intead of feeling guilty about putting yourself in a food coma, hit the ground running the next day with a killer workout. Here’s a Fit Univerity favorite.

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About The Author

Pat is a fourth year at Northeastern University. He is a part of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and his biggest hobby is, of course, working out. Although he claims cardio is a myth, he absolutely loves leg day at the gym. He is a finance and accounting major pursuing his CPA. Be sure to follow him on Instagram: @pat_sadowski & @patsadowski_fitness!

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