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Even though I am a fitness and nutrition coach, I do not advise my family, friends, and clients to skip the turkey and gravy and decadent pumpkin pie. I say go in with a plan so that you don't make yourself sick, and you can enjoy your holiday without any restrictions.

1) Exercise on Thanksgiving day. Elevating your heart rate through high intensity interval training (HIIT) has been proven a gagillion times to create an increase in your metabolic rate which can last up to 24 hours. How cool that your metabolism is revved up for when you dive into your feast?

2) Drink plenty of water. Water is excellent for decreasing the salt volume in your blood from all the treats you'll be eating on this day. In addition, water throughout your celebration means less booze in your system.

3) Be creative with some fun veggie dishes for your company. I dedicated a whole VEGGIES section on my JZ Fitness website for you.  My new one, which was a hit, is called wing sauced cauliflower. 

4) Get plenty of rest the night before Thanksgiving. Going to bed late lowers your immunity, thereby making you more susceptible to getting a post Turkey Day sniffle.

5) Enjoy everyone, and every moment of your celebration. Realize that Thanksgiving is only one day out of the year. However, a life of gratitude on the daily can truly lift up your spirits and provide you with true fulfillment for every day of the year.

Happy Thanksgiving and Stay Fit!


Jenn Zerling (“JZ”) is the wellness ambassador for Stay Fit Housing guests. JZ is a life-long athlete, lover of life and people, and wishes to help America break the chains of obesity. She provides customized nutrition coaching and fitness training services designed to help all guests optimize Stay Fit Living. JZ’s fitness and nutrition writings can be found in multiple media resources (including JZFitness.com), and her JZ Fitness Nutrition app is available on iTunes and Android.

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