Celebrations

I am very big on celebrations and Thanksgiving week is always a nice time to celebrate milestones, beliefs and enjoy family tradition. Mitchell_front

Today is all about loved ones, being thankful and remembering the good that we have, no matter the challenges that came along the way. I love this time of year, everyone seems to be a little softer. Maybe it is the spirit of the season, maybe it’t the extra cocktails. Either way, I know that I always reflect back and also work on being present during the holidays. Thanksgiving is such a lovely way to center ourselves and slow down – tis the essence of the holiday.

Today I am grateful for so much; my family, friends, health, my beautiful home, a wonderful community here in blog land, the opportunity to follow my passions but most of all, I am taken back by the little one that we welcomed this year. Mitchell_back

So many wonderful things, people and moments to be grateful for.

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!

XO-
BB

TOL

Simple Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

Good morning, friends!

‘Tis the season for cold weather, cozying up with a warm beverage, baking, traveling, shopping, to-do lists, parties and tree trimming! This jolly time of year can often be overwhelming and wreck havoc on our health, from our stress levels to our waistlines. With so many indulgent treats and traditions it is easy to get caught up in either the joy or stress of the season and let our best intentions fall to the wayside. Balance goes right out the window.

Did you know the average Thanksgiving dinner plate comes in between 2,000 – 4,500 calories?! Now, I am not one to count calories, but it doesn’t take much to know that is quite the food intake in one sitting.

Last week I presented to a group of wonderful women on my tips to have a Happy {Healthy} Holidays. It was a fantastic event! We shared so much and learned from each other – our favorite dishes, struggles around the holidays and more. I shared my tips to have a Happy {Healthy} Holiday Season without a New Years Resolution. Today, I am sharing some of my tips from the event! I hope you enjoy!

Here are some of my personal tweaks that will take your Thanksgiving from a day of stretchy pants and naps to a day to be grateful for. The rest of my tips will be sent out in my newsletter today at noon! I am sharing the final four over there so be sure to sign up!

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My Simple Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

1 // Keep Moving! If you have a workout routine, now is not the time to break it. Keep your Saturday morning spin class on the books. Doing so helps you stay centered during some hectic times and also ensures you are continuing on with the lifestyle you want. Do not throw everything out the window with intentions of killin’ it come the new year. Ditch the resolutions to lose weight and stay on point all year long.

2 // Pick Your Poison. This is my FAVORITE tip. So often we go all out when it comes to food and drinks around the holidays. But there are so many dishes that are just okay. Lets do an exercise, what is your favorite holiday food, dish, drink, etc? So you know you will enjoy that, right? For me, it is my mom’s sugar cookies. Filled with butter, white flour and sugar, these little treats are far from good for me, but they are filled with memories that come flooding back when I see them. I know I will have a few over the holidays.

One thing that is just ok for me are dinner rolls. I can have them any time of year, so I pass. I know my life will go on without the roll. Passing on the cookies, I’m not so sure. So, decide what you want to enjoy, go for it, and move on.

3 // Before the madness in the kitchen begins, grab a family member or friend (or group of them) for a Thanksgiving morning “Turkey Trot” run or walk. Or go for a stroll post-dinner. Do not become a couch potato.

4 // Do not fast before the feast. This habit will only encourage you to eat more than if you enjoy a small breakfast and/or lunch before the traditional turkey dinner.

5 // When serving up your Thanksgiving plate, aim to make at least one half of it vegetables; the meat and starches do not necessarily need to be the main attraction.

What is your favorite holiday meal, food or drink?

Do you participate in a Turkey Trot or run?

Are you making anything for Thanksgiving?

XO-

BB

 

As always, linking up with WIAW!

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