I wrote about Thanksgiving here and here, check those posts out if you are looking for some solid advice on how to attack the day, but this year what I'd actually like to share is how I spend the days BEFORE (and a few after) the holiday, because as it turns out.. this is just as important as the day itself.
MONDAY ‘s THEME – Clean Eating, Empowerment, Fitness Push
I wanted to start the week feeling really confident and proud of myself. So I scheduled a new fitness class that I've been dying to take, Nalini Method. It was super hard (wall squats for like 5 minutes) but I loved it! I was thrilled to begin my day, begin my week in a positive self-care, step outside my comfort zone, kind of way.
Food – I had a super simple green smoothie for breakfast, cabbage and brown rice for lunch, and gorgeous Brussels sprouts, purple potatoes and seared red snapper for dinner. Clean, easy, real food that kept me fueled and happy. Oh! and a new coffee shop opened in my hood so I treated myself to an almond milk latte after class.
TUESDAY – Self Care, Puppy Love, Client Focus, Kale
I had a full client schedule so I wanted to be mindful to not overbook myself and really have full energy for my private clients. Rather than run out to a fitness class in the morning I took a joyful hour long walk/sprint/very intense game of fetch with Penelope in the park. I ate super simple food, yummy clean food. Getting my bod ready for the big day 🙂
WEDNESDAY – Connection, Family, Super Duper Clean Eating
I'll be driving to PA, in the snow, which could be stressful…BUT I set myself up for a fabulous day! Firstly, I purchased a new audio book for Jordan and I to listen to on the ride (Amy Poehler, “Yes, Please” I can't wait!) I will start my day with a smoothie and once we are home safe and sound at my Mom's I am sure there will be some yummy healthy food waiting for us. I make it a point to eat super duper clean on the day before Thanksgiving, adding in a ton of green veggies and staying away from any white carbohydrates.
THURSDAY'S THEME – Gobble Gobble Bitches!
My family hosts around 30-40 people for Thanksgiving with typically… oh about 10 pies! So ya know, I'll have my share of challenges. Let's just say it isn't a day full of kale and quinoa, but I stick to a few commitments; lots of water, begin the day with some kind of exercise (even if it's a quick jog around the block with the pup), and be sure to eat a green vegetable.
FRIDAY'S THEME – KISS: Keep It Super Simple
Yes, leftovers typically happen, but I really focus on being mindful of eating a high nutrient diet in a super simple way. I allow myself one small serving of leftovers and then like to make this soup to eat otherwise through the day. If there are a lot of raw veggies leftover that we don't think we will get to I will also make a big green juice for everyone. will also commit to moving my body in a joyful way, there aren't any formal workout classes that I frequent in PA so I have to make it a point to get a little creative
SATURDAY'S THEME – Auntie Power Activate!
This little bugger is coming back to New York with me for his first ever solo Auntie sleep over. I'm so excited I can't even take it!
I'll be making him my newest recipe, Pumpkin Protein Pancakes., you all should probably make these as well!
I'm sure we will also watch ELF about 1000x and run around the city like nut jobs. It's going to be great.
How are you planning on spending your week? Share below!
Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
- 1 cup of organic rolled oats gluten free
- 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 cup of pumpkin puree
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup of almond butter
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of almond extract
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- Place rolled oats in a blender and blend until resembles flour (you can also use oat flour if you have it)
- Transfer oats to a medium size bowl, add all additional dry ingredients to bowl and whisk to combine.
- Place all wet ingredients in blender, blend until smooth
- Pour wet ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients and stir to combine
- In a large greased skillet (I use just a little bit of coconut oil to grease skillet) over medium heat place 2 tbsp of batter per pancake. Cook until browned on both sides.
- Serve with maple syrup, post pictures on Instagram, and make all of your friends jealous.
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