by Tony Gjokaj November 23, 2021 3 min read

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and many of us may be fearful that we might mess up our diet after one day of holiday eating.

Fear not, we've got you covered.

In this post, we are going to talk about 13 strategies I use to dominate Thanksgiving Day and still be on track with my fitness goals.

Let's dive in!

If you want to watch our video and read along, you can do so below.

I. Continue to Exercise.


Regardless of whether or not your week is hectic, continue to get your exercise in.

Even if it's a shorter session than usual, take micro-steps.

Some exercise is better than none.

II. On Thanksgiving Day, fast up until the event.

The event is the feast.

Prep for it, look forward to it.

Get ready to crush your meal.

III. More protein. 

Opt for a lot of protein sources like turkey, chicken, meat, etc.

Whatever you have at the table and in your Thanksgiving arsenal.

This will help you get fuller.

Make sure you have the red meat sources in moderation, so you don't get too gassy.

I would recommend at 5-8 palm (hand portion) servings of protein.

That will fill you up for sure.

IV. More Veggies. 

Fill your plate with vegetables. Green beans, broccoli, whatever you got. 

I recommend about 6-8 fist (hand portion) servings of veggies.

Get your fiber in, and be prepared for a future bathroom break.

If you hate greens, mix them with your tastier protein or carb sources. Add a little spice or popcorn seasoning to it.

Kernel Seasons is my favorite popcorn seasoning that you can bring to your thanksgiving event to add to your rice, veggies, mashed potatoes, and more. It's amazing.

V. Opt for the lighter carbohydrate sources. 

Have about 3-5 cupped hand (hand portion) servings of carbs.

If there's rice, go on the higher end.

If it's mashed potatoes, stay on the lower end.

VI. Eat and chew slowly. 

Eat and chew slowly. This helps with satiation (fullness).

Appreciate the food and who you are around.

Stop and socialize while you're eating.

Don't talk with your mouth full. ;)

This will allow you to eat slowly and enjoy the moment.

VII. Try and put it all on one plate.

Make that plate absolutely impressive as possible.

Make it a goal not to go back for seconds.

VIII. Eat until 90% full. 

When you're nearly full, that's when you finish the feast.

IX. Have one small slice of dessert. 

Keep it small, but reward yourself.

You've earned it.

X. Have A Fruit. 

Have a banana, blueberries, or strawberries.

They might provide some comfort for digestion.

Plus, they have fiber in them as well.

Have one cupped handful serving of them.

XI. Have tea or water. 

I like drinking tea or water during and after a meal.

This will help with hydration, and even comfort after eating a ton of food.

XII. Enjoy Thanksgiving. 

Surround yourself with family, friends, and loved ones.

Have a good time.

Food is very important for socialization, so really enjoy the moment.

XIII. Sweat it off the next day. 

You've got a lot of energy to use in your next workout session.

Go get some gains. ;)

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Ready For Battle

Now I have given you 13 practical strategies I personally use to conquer my Thanksgiving Meal.

I really hope this helps.

The more you get better at this, the better you will get at taking control of your nutrition and really enjoying the process.

Eat. Enjoy. Socialize.

You've earned it.

And if you do happen to mess up or give in, that's ok.

One day is not going to absolutely destroy you, so please don't give up on yourself or your exercise because of a holiday.

Get back to those gains.

Until next time, Reforged Warrior!

Tony Gjokaj
Tony Gjokaj

Tony is the Owner of Reforged Performance Nutrition. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help bridge the gap between physical & mental health through fitness.

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