Thanksgiving Survival Guide

This post is part of a series led by our in-house health and fitness expert and nutritionist to the stars, Liz Josefsberg. Photo via Flickr user Satya Murthy 

Thanksgiving is like the Superbowl of eating. For anyone trying to live a healthy lifestyle, this holiday can be a challenge. I have spent years perfecting the survival of this holiday with no weight gain. I refuse not to enjoy myself, but have a few simple rules to follow:

  • Start with exercise in the morning. No excuses—I have to get to the gym or take a run.
  • I eat normally during the day; Healthy breakfast, healthy snack or lunch. The big mistake is to under-eat during the day and getting over-hungry only to completely overeat at the big meal.
  • Beware of the Thanksgiving weekend. Most of us having four days off and there are endless opportunities to indulge, often kicking off Wednesday night. Choose your indulgences carefully.
  • As host, rid your house of any unhealthy foods like pies and cakes by giving them to guests to take home. As a guest, do not take anything home with you!

Meet Liz
Nice to meet you! I’m Liz. I have spent years in the business of weight loss, fitness and health, helping thousands of people lose hundreds of thousands of pounds, including celebrities like Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Simpson and Charles Barkley. My passion is helping people from every walk of life make the healthy changes they want to in their lives.

What most don’t know about me is that I personally lost 65 pounds and work every day to keep them off. I am a Certified Personal Trainer and a Nutrition Exercise Specialist.  My personal philosophy about fitness and nutrition is that every person has a unique path and journey to wellness. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but instead an uncovering of what works for each person through trial and error, exploration and insight.Through posts here, I hope to begin a conversation about wellness, inspire change and offer support.  I’d love to hear from you about your personal stories and weight loss journeys! You can email me at