Stop the Food Guilt

  Nov 24, 2016  |  #Nutrition

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Go enjoy the time that you do have.  Enjoy the foods around you. Make today memorable.  I’m thankful to you for reading today.

24 responses to “Stop the Food Guilt

  1. LOVE LOVE, LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! Food guilt is something I sometimes struggle with – but your take on it (and the super helpful info about the set point stuff) is just what I needed to hear (after devouring 3 chocolate chip cookies) 😉

    1. Thank you Chrissa! I think it can touch us all, but just remembering that our bodies are super smart and can regulate us. So we don’t need to worry about that!

  2. Food guilt drives me all sorts of nuts (and don’t even get me started on what I like to call “Food Heroes” < in that they're all "look at me, I'm so awesome at being healthy" :P) so I am SO glad you posted this!

    I hope your Thanksgiving was INCREDIBLE! <3

  3. So much yes to this! It’s sad how many posts and magazines will tell you how to pick the lowest calorie dishes, healthify everything and exercise to compensate for the feast. When yes, we’re actually talking about a few days a year – all the holidays combined – that might bring richer foods with them but are about spending quality time with family and other loved ones.
    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. I totally have a pet peeve thing for those articles that try to healthify everything! Some things aren’t meant to be healthified, just enjoyed. Enjoy the nostalgic things!

  4. I had a 2nd piece of Pecqn pie after rading this….thank you! Actually after doing ao, it maks me much more looking forward to a good workout tomorrow. For me, I guess, the body and the mind for a “check and balance” team….
    Happy Thanksgiving, Sarah!

  5. Yes! This past day was especially nice because I don’t think I heard a single bit of diet talk! It was amazing. I’m so grateful for a family that sees the food at thanksgiving as the fruit of hard labor and thoroughly enjoys it all.

  6. I love this, when holidays come around I have no limit, I fill myself to the brim with delicious foods because I only get to eat them once a year!!
    A little interesting point here, but I recently read a study that looked at food guilt. The people who associated celebratory foods with guilt are actually seen to gain MORE weight! Those who eat chocolate cake at a birthday party, for example, and who associate it with celebration tend to have a better relationship with food.

    1. I’ve been reading a lot about that too and it’s so fascinating. A great point of interest to think that our bodies are so smart and can control the way we digest foods and absorb/don’t absorb nutrients depending on our stressed state or if we are thinking negatively!

  7. So. So. thankful for this. Sarah, this is what so many need to hear. We weren’t created and designed to worship food or to worship the perfect body. Enjoying blessings from God is something that I want to do more and more by His grace this Thanksgiving. No more worry about X amount of calories no matter how much my mind wants to. <3 Let's go eat some pie! And turkey! HAPPY THANKSGIVING friend!

  8. LOVE this. Love how you said food is social- I always remind myself of that. And that we need to just trust our bodies and not our minds. Thank you for this Sarah! Another insightful post 🙂

  9. Amen all around. It’s not Thanksgiving for me technically, but I’ve really been appreciating the reminder to put the focus AWAY from the food. Put it on the family, the friends and loved ones and the time spent with each other instead. Then the food just becomes an added pleasure for everyone to share together. Happy Thanksgiving Sarah <3

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