Metabolic Reset Thanksgiving
Posted on November 24, 2014 · Posted in Your Relationship with Food

Enjoy Thanksgiving

Family – Friends – Food

We will celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday and many of you will be with friends and family enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving meal.  Along with the festivities, often many of us begin to think about the food that creates emotional turmoil within; emotions of anxiety, fear and helplessness facing a day of eating.  Does the voice within sound something like this?

  • I’m not going to overeat this year.  Just enjoy the food I enjoy best.
  • Thanksgiving comes only once a year, so I can indulge for one day.
  • I’ll eat healthy the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas arrives.
  • Stuffing, potatoes, pumpkin pie, apple pie, Oh, so good.  Just a small taste of everything.

Thursday morning arrives and you have come up with a plan of how you will enjoy the food that will soon be presented.  Your willpower is ready to kick in; however, you know temptation is just as strong as willpower so there is concern that you might falter.  How do you enjoy Thanksgiving relaxed without fear and anxiety.

  • Eat a healthy breakfast and snack before Thanksgiving dinner.  If you are eating Thanksgiving dinner after 4:00 PM, have a salad for lunch.
  • If there are appetizers before the Thanksgiving meal, have a taste but don’t over indulge.
  • Sit down and take a moment to enjoy and be grateful for the meal you are about to eat.
  • Choose the food you truly want to enjoy; e.g. sweet versus mashed potato.  Choose your favorite not both.
  • Relax and enjoy the wonderful tastes and most importantly stop eating when you feel satisfied.  Not the feeling of being stuffed.

Sometimes holidays include family drama and often the feelings that surface goes deeper than something said or done in present time.  The emotions may conjure up something from your past that is deeply buried within.  If food has been your “go to” when feeling uncomfortable emotions, you may begin to reach for food.  If this occurs:

  • Take three deep breaths to center yourself
  • Know that whatever is said, it is really not about you, but about something the other person is dealing with
  • Remove yourself from the situation; go into another room, take a walk, redirect your emotions
  • Change the subject saying, “I’m not comfortable discussing this right now.”

Remember, you are in charge of your food intake.  Holidays are to be joyous and food is one part of the holiday.

  • Be grateful and enjoy the holiday socializing with family and friends
  • Taste the Tastes
  • Stay Present and have FUN

 

Happy Thanksgiving!