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This year, I want you to genuinely enjoy Thanksgiving.
I want you to be happy, healthy, and blessed, whether you are trying to lose weight or not! These are some of the Thanksgiving “rules” I’ve learned over the years to make for a happy holiday meal.
Don’t undereat for the sake of “being good” or “looking healthier” in front of others.
That’s just setting yourself up for a midnight pumpkin pie binge.
I was a master of doing this. All day long, I tried to sneak bites of food when nobody was looking and then I took the tiniest portions, thinking that would somehow be impressive to my family members. It wasn’t. And it’s so not worth it. That’s a sure-fire way to ruin an otherwise happy day.
Give your insecurities a day off and don’t stress about how you look.
I’ve ruined way too many holidays by worrying all day about my shirt making me look fat. Be in the pictures instead of hiding in the back or behind the camera. You’ll want to be a part of those memories.
One Thanksgiving that we spent with aunts, uncles, and cousins at our family cabin, I wore this black turtleneck. All day long, I was trying to suck my stomach in to make myself look skinnier, which really did nothing but steal my joy from the day and make me super uncomfortable. I wish I had the picture to show you…I’m smiling, but I do not look happy.
Don’t overeat and ruin the delicious goodness of the meal.
Skip the foods you don’t care about as much to make room for the foods you absolutely love (hellllooo, stuffing!).
I used to do this all. the. time. Somehow, I was convinced that if I didn’t eat ALL the stuffing that very day that I would never be able to eat it again (that’s not true, by the way). And I would always regret it, overstuffing myself and feeling tired and uncomfortable.
Savor the day.
Enjoy the food and enjoy the people (even if they require an extra bit of grace).
Sometimes being with family is wonderful and happy and carefree! Sometimes family members are a bit more…trying. You can choose to enjoy the day, either way.
Overflow with gratitude.
Remember the little things, the big things, and all of the in-between blessings.
Don’t just think them, speak them. Tell stories of gratitude to your kids, thank family out loud for what they bring to your life, and text friends to let them know you are thinking about them.
Wishing you the happiest of Thanksgivings tomorrow!
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