Or is it?
According the the TV commercials and the stores and the movies, Thanksgiving is a happy, festive, feast that we all look forward to. Families are harmonious, kids are well-behaved, everyone is thankful for everything in their life…life is just perfect.
Thanksgiving, if you’re trying to live a healthier lifestyle and maybe make some healthier changes in your life, can be a nightmare of knowing that you’ll be spending all day eating (or around food). Anticipating what you’ll eat and the guilt that will follow from over-indulging.
Maybe you have struggled with the dilemma of making everyone else happy (by over-indulging with them) for years (decades?).
Here’s an activity that can make a big difference for you (and maybe become your new favorite holiday activity).
1. The night before Thanksgiving, start with gratitude. Once you’re in bed, think about all that you have accomplished this year (this does not have to be weight-related, but it can be). Picture yourself on Thanksgiving Day eating until your full but not over-filled. Imagine what you’ll put on your plate and think about how you can mitigate the over-stuff. Can you add more veggies to your plate? Can you sip water throughout the day so you’re not famished when the table is set? (This can also decrease how much alcohol you drink.) Paint this picture so clearly in your head that you’ll have no choice but to live it on Thanksgiving Day.
2. On Thanksgiving Day, take a breath and return your thoughts to the picture you painted the night before. I know it will be a chaotic day, but you have to breathe, right? Take one deep breath, close your eyes and feel the calm that you felt the night before. Can you take this breath and return to that picture throughout the day? You’re breathing anyway. Reclaim what you want, focus and get it.
3. Enjoy the flavors and the food. I mean really enjoy it. Savor the bites, the once-a-year treats. As you do this, you’ll slow down the pace at which you’re eating, giving your brain time to catch up and tell you that you’re full before you over-fill. You’ll love what you’re eating, you’ll eat enough and you won’t feel deprived.
Remember, it’s just a meal…one meal. Yes, it’s a long day, but it’s one meal. Make the best choice you can.
It may not feel like it, but you are in control. You make the choice to over-indulge or not. Claim your power and your health.
Enjoy the day, feel great, try tastes of everything, wake up on “black Friday” feeling energized instead of guilty.
P.S. Post in the comments and let me know how the day went for you.