You know what I haven’t done in a while? Stood loud and proud upon my imaginary crate I call a soapbox. And, if I’m being honest, I have been missing the vantage point … So let me step on up.
Every year around this time, talk shows and radio personalities alike fill the sound waves and inter web with jabber about holiday weight gain, counting calories, low-fat side dish options and portion control.
On average Americans gain 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
We get it.
Food is everywhere, parties are in full force and baked brie is more common than kale chips. However, what I do have a problem with is the idea of ‘dieting’ on Thanksgiving Day. I’m talking about ONE day where our focus should be less about the calories in a can of cranberry sauce and more about being grateful for the person that is passing it to you at the dinner table.
Am I saying you should be comatose come 5 p.m. Thanksgiving night? Absolutely not. But one day enjoying vibrant, flavorful and yes, fattening food isn’t going to put your body into a state of immediate weight gain.
Instead of dwelling on this singular day — where food and family are the main attraction — be mindful of your eating habits the other 364 days a year.
So enjoy your mom’s cooking, your sister’s baking, your aunt’s laughter and cousin’s jokes. Because, at the end of the day, November 26th 2015 will not make or break your ability to be healthy. What this day should in fact represent is something much deeper and more meaningful.
Be thankful. And for goodness sake, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, be beyond grateful for what’s plated in front of you. And, for the opportunity to go back for seconds
Happy HAPPY Thanksgiving,