One thing you'll hear me say often is that I have zero interest in giving up EVERYTHING that I personally enjoy in life. That's not the way I want to live, BUT I do want to be healthy, and I do want to enjoy living a healthy lifestyle, so I live it with a certain amount of balance. Much of being able to maintain that balance comes down to planning.
So, coming up to the week of Thanksgiving, a holiday I fully intend to enjoy with my wonderful family, how have I prepared so far and how will I prepare this week? This past month has mostly been sticking to my plan of eating clean everyday, getting in 5-6 meals a day and having 1 cheat meal a week. Pretty standard. This week, I have to deal with traveling, plus the holiday meal so I sat down today to map out my week to make sure I have as many clean meals planned as possible and my workout schedule (no slacking!).
Some key clean eating principles and additional tips I'm going to be sticking to this week leading up to and after Thanksgiving are:
- Protein and complex carbohydrate at every meal
- 5-6 meals a day
- Adhering to correct portion sizes
- Drinking my daily Shakeology (YUM!)
- Starting my day off with a glass of warm lemon water to help cleanse and prep my body for the day
- Sticking to herbal teas
- Limited alcohol intake
- Drink at least half my body weight in water each day
- Bringing my cooler packed with food to work and home so I can travel with healthy meals and snacks
With a vacation to prepare for over New Years Eve my motivation to look my best on the beach is higher than ever, but with Thanksgiving, Christmas and a crazy December coming up I'll have a lot to juggle and have to manage my time and my eating habits wisely. Stay tuned for updates as I navigate this crazy time, map out the specific occasions I plan to enjoy and how I'll handle the rest of my time to stay on track with my clean eating goals.