Navigating Thanksgiving: Healthier Celebrations with Stronger Faster Tips

Happy Thanksgiving Week Stronger Faster Family,

Keep an eye out for details on the Stronger Faster Holiday Party coming up in a few weeks. Details like date, location, and theme are all to be determined. We are waiting on our unofficial social chair to finish business school finals #priorities.

Free Drop-ins!

We are offering free drop-ins to anyone who wants to check out the gym on Friday (9a-10a) and Saturday (830a-930a) this week. We want to give everyone the chance to convert the extra calories and protein from their Thanksgiving feast to muscle.

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Tips for Thanksgiving

With the season of gratitude upon us, we’re excited to help you navigate through a healthier Thanksgiving celebration while savoring all your favorite traditional dishes. We understand that Thanksgiving often revolves around indulgent food spreads, and we’re here to offer some tips to enjoy this special occasion without compromising your health.

Remember, Thanksgiving is about gratitude and togetherness. While enjoying the feast, consider portion control to relish the flavors without overindulging. Balance your plate with veggies and proteins first, then carbs, and savor a few bites of your favorite desserts in moderation. If you are not on the clean-up crew, I suggest going for a family walk after the meal or some flag football with the kiddos or cousins. Though modest, light physical activity after a meal helps your body process the meal better. 

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To reiterate my last email, remember even though it is the holidays, it doesn’t mean you need to treat yourself or celebrate every day; focus on a few key events to celebrate or indulge in and revert to normal the rest of the time. Say you have 4 events or days from now until New Year’s; that is only 10% of the days left in 2023, so 90% of the time, you can eat as normal. Being healthy and eating normally 90% of the time is a great target, easily achievable, and leads to lasting results. Let’s celebrate, be thankful, and cherish these moments with friends and family.

Speaking of moderation as a tool, I recently got an email from an old gym buddy in response to my last email about how much success he has had in losing excess weight just by applying this principle of not treating yourself all the time and using moderation.

“It sure has opened up my eyes as to how many times I treated myself with food and booze in the past, especially the booze. We are allowing just 3 adult beverages total for the week. After about 30 days I have dropped 13 lbs while still building strength. Amazing how many calories those pours of bourbon add up to each week once you track that garbage.”

On top of portion control and not overindulging all week or ALL holiday season, let’s explore some ingredient swaps that could make your beloved Thanksgiving sides a little bit healthier:

Thanksgiving Dressing (Stuffing): Incorporating more veggies into your dressing can be a game-changer. Try a 2:1 ratio of veggies to bread for a nutrient-packed dish that keeps the essence of your family recipe.

Sweet Potatoes: Instead of sugary coatings, embrace the natural sweetness of roasted sweet potatoes. A sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg can add a delightful touch of flavor.

Sweet Potato Casserole: Consider using pecans as a topping for a lower-sugar alternative to marshmallows. Pecans provide a nutritious crunch without the added sugar. Or a 75/25 mix of pecans and candied pecans if you must have the added sweetness.

Mashed Potatoes: Opt for a lighter version by using olive oil, skimmed milk, or half and half for creamy goodness without excess fats. And if you don’t want a revolt in your house and must use butter, I am a big fan of Kerrygold Irish Butter. After seeing Ireland’s lush green grass and dairy cows, no wonder their butter is so amazing.

Green Bean Casserole: Caramelized onions serve as a nutritious and savory replacement for fried onion strings, reducing sodium intake. Frozen green beans are also a great choice to lower sodium content.

Bacon-Glazed Brussels Sprouts: Swap out the bacon for Parmesan cheese to retain flavor while keeping it a little more heart-healthy. Roasting these with olive oil and sprinkling Parmesan after is a delightful twist.

Mac and Cheese: Consider chickpea pasta for increased protein and fiber without compromising on taste.

Creamed Corn: Substitute heavy cream with half and half for a creamy texture with reduced calorie content.

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Portion control at the main meal, taking the time to savor the food, and enjoying friends and family to not overindulge at Thanksgiving and the holiday season will truly outweigh the small adjustments suggested above. If any of the changes cause strife in the family, just stick with the tried and true, enjoy the time with family and friends, and be grateful that we have this time to celebrate.

One day is only 0.27% of the year, and one meal is only 0.09% of your meals for the year and won’t make or break your year. Turning one meal or holiday into a whole season of overindulgence could derail your goals.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Subject to change, check Wodify for the latest
Thanksgiving – CLOSED – Enjoy time with your friends and family!
Day after Thanksgiving – 9am Only – FREE to EVERYONE
This Saturday 11/25 (early open) – 830am – 930am – FREE to EVERYONE
Christmas Day – CLOSED
Day after Christmas – 9am Only
New Year’s Day – 9am Only

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with joy, health, and a delightful feast this week! Enjoy the holiday, and let’s take the Thanksgiving feast and turn it into stronger and faster gains! Enjoy the rest day, and we’ll catch you at the gym!

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🌿Nutrition Program Coming Soon 🌿

Soon, we will bring you a fantastic nutrition program to help fill that gap that might keep you from your fitness goals. It is a habit-forming guidance program that focuses on building the basics of healthy eating, designed to transform your habits and fuel your body for the long haul. It will challenge the way you currently eat. You’ll start seeing results in your energy, waistline, and on the scale within the first few weeks.

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We are thankful for all of you,

Colin & Lisa

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