Hi, friends! Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope you are settled in with your families and loved ones, graciously preparing some delicious food to nourish your bodies (All food can nourish our bodies). I hope you are setting the table with memories in mind. The memories you’ll make; the laughs you’ll share, the discussions you’ll have.
One reoccurring topic with many of my clients the last few weeks was, “How do I navigate Thanksgiving? How do I not eat too much?” Or, “How do I avoid the desserts?”
My answer to them all was pretty similar and simple:
“You don’t worry about it.”
I remind them that Thanksgiving lasts one day, not a whole week. You may be with family that you haven’t seen in weeks, months, heck even years. You may be traveling somewhere new, or hosting many/all of your loved ones.
Yes, you want to be aware of what you’re eating, and not pick at the table mindlessly all day. But, it’s really not worth stressing over. Because you know what? Thanksgiving happens once a year.
And, another mouth-dropping fact: Food is social.
Repeat it again.
Food is Social
We weren’t created to make and eat food, carved in isolation day after day. Part of the joy in life (and enjoying food) is enjoying it with others. Reminiscing on past experiences, creating new memories, sharing emotions.
Sharing dishes. Meeting new people. Challenging your taste buds. Trying new foods.
Did you know that if you overeat on Thanksgiving, you’re not going to just gain 5 pounds overnight? Our bodies are smart. There’s a thing called the set point theory.
It basically states that if we eat more than what our body considers our norm (occasionally, not consistently), our metabolic rate speeds up to burn that fuel faster.
Conversely, if we eat less than we do normally, our metabolic rate will slow down to preserve our fat and body weight.
So no matter how much you stress about it, your body will outsmart you.
I guarantee if you eat mostly carbs and sweets on Thanksgiving, you’ll find yourself craving more fiber, fruits, veggies and protein the next day.
Let your body guide you, not your mind.
Go enjoy the time that you do have. Enjoy the foods around you. Make today memorable. I’m thankful to you for reading today.