Enjoying the Holidays!
Thanksgiving is two days away, and my Facebook feed is FLOODED with links to articles with titles like “Survive the Holidays!” and “Don’t Let the Holidays Derail Your Diet!”
Let’s get real here. Yeah, the period between the fourth Thursday of November and the New Year is rife with opportunities to gorge on less-that-healthy foods until you feel like a bloated tick. And you should exercise a modicum of self control so that you don’t find yourself unable to fit into any of your clothes.
I get it- I totally have issues with an emotional tie with food. I’m not advocating that anyone throw caution to the wind and go on a hedonistic food bender. Be smart about things and you’ll feel better after New Year’s. Drink lots of water, especially before meals. Try and fill most of your plate with things like salad and vegetables (and no, the buttery, creamy, cheesy mashed potatoes don’t count.) Grab a smaller piece of pumpkin pie than you might think you want. But for the love of all that’s good in the world, enjoy yourself.
Don’t let your dietary goals get in the way of a celebration with people you care about. Food can be more than fuel, as long as this is done mindfully.
Want to eat well for Thanksgiving? Host dinner yourself. Here’s what we’re doing to keep sorta on track:
- We’re cooking an organic, antibiotic-free turkey. Sure, it’s a lot more expensive, but it’s once a year. Plus, the taste is far superior!
- For D’s famous stuffing, instead of using King’s Hawaiian Bread (have you ever read the label for that stuff?!?) I’m baking homemade challah with organic ingredients.
- We’ll have lots of vegetable-heavy sides- green beans, wild rice salads, homemade cranberry sauce, etc.
- We’re focussing on the conversation, enjoying time with loved ones. Maintaining an “attitude of gratitude,” instead of just gorging.
That last point is where I’ll close. There’s a lot of heartbreaking, terrible stuff going on in the world. Be thankful for everything you have, and try to make the world a little better for those who have less.
Enjoy, be safe, and be good to one another.