Eat and enjoy the foods you love. Guilt and shame do not belong at the Thanksgiving table.
Gratitude should be the focus, enveloped into a joyous eating experience that is rich in tradition and all the good things meant for any holiday. No calorie counting or “lightening-up” needed. ✨
When did we decide our holiday meals were the enemy and with this idea all the joy quietly left the table...along with the full-fat mashed potatoes?! And joy was replaced with talk of calories, weight gain and obligatory exercise. Gratitude doesn’t live here! ✨
Let’s take a deep breath and remind ourselves of a few things. ✨
It’s one meal that does not define your health, your lifestyle or your ability to stay connected to your overall wellness intentions.
Sure, some foods are more nourishing than others but that doesn’t mean we cannot enjoy the lot of them. Especially when it comes to traditional foods that are steeped in emotion and meaning. The thing is, when we label a food “bad” we become obsessed with it. Instead, give yourself permission to enjoy all foods. And remember to taste every bite. This is where satisfaction lives.
Still, You might overeat. And that’s okay. It’s one meal. On one day. Perfection doesn’t exist so stop striving for it. You won’t grow out of your favorite pair of jeans or topple the scale because of it. And, even if you did, your worth isn’t defined by these things so you don’t have to run ten miles or murder yourself at the gym as a punishment. And please refrain from the post-meal commiserating around how fat you feel – that type of negative self talk is horrible for you and for the kids overhearing it.
Eat the pie and be grateful. Grateful for the food that adorns your table. Grateful for each bite, because you’ll actually enjoy them. Grateful for yourself as this is a lesson in trust, self-love and compassion. And, most importantly, when you take the self-deprecating food talk off the table, you can harness your gratitude for the people you’re with and the joys of the season. 💗💗📷 Vanilla Bourbon Apple Pie bliss by @whisksandwildflowers 💗