Pre-Thanksgiving Prep

As the first big holiday of the season approaches (at least in America) I wanted to start by giving a few tips for the festive season.There will be more to come, and a few fun workouts along the way as well!

As you lead up to Thanksgiving, take some time to get yourself under control and into a happy space. This holiday is all about celebrating what you have-a job, a home, family, friends, health. This is not about losing sleep to impress someone or make sure everything is perfect (ironic coming from me if you have ever seen me prep before people come to the house for dinner!) or anything else that is getting you in a tizzy at the moment.

Take some time in the days surrounding the holiday to be grateful for your current health, no matter what state it is in. Then start to get to work on this list. Some of these may be pretty obvious, and you think, “I’ve heard this a hundred times before!” but I think they bear repeating. Others (I am looking at your sea vegetables) may be a new find. So read the list with an open mind, and a hungry stomach!

Drink plenty of water

Dehydration can often show up as hunger. Reach for a big glass of room-temperature water whenever you start to get a craving. This gets you up and moving around the office or the house, and helps to hydrate you

 Increase your greens

Dark, leafy green vegetables are bitter and they can help to transform the taste buds. Your body craves what you just ate, so the more green veggies you give it, the more your body will ask. Also once your pallet has adjusted to the higher intake of bitter, the sweet stuff will be so overwhelming.

Introduce yourself to sea vegetables

Sea vegetables are rich in minerals and vitamins so pick up some dried seaweed as a snack or incorporate sea veggies into your soups, stews, stir fries. Sugar depletes your body of minerals as it is processed so if you have been “testing” a lot of your dessert recipes lately you may be a bit low in vital nutrients.

Sweeten the deal with sweet vegetables

If you are craving sweet foods in the evening as just a little something after dinner, increase the sweet vegetables on your plate. Eating foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, corn, beets, cooked onions, podded peas, parsnips, and turnips can help your body’s desire for sweetness be satisfied.

Get Spicy!

Play with herbs and spices to add new and exciting flavours to dessert without having to resort to more sugar and butter. Cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom are all great flavours for a dessert!

Go to Sleep

Your mood affects your food intake, and one of the best things you can do to lift your mood is to rest and rest well. Besides, you will need to be in your best mood possible when your family starts arguing about the election!