Why do we eat? I heard someone once say that we eat to feel better than we did before we ate. I think this is pretty accurate. The problem is that, in our society we overeat or overindulge in a way that often brings feelings of guilt and regret. Often, we feel worse after we eat. Let's break these habits! The tips below will help you have no regrets this thanksgiving.
#1 Listen to your body
If there was only one thing I would tell you ( lucky you, you’re getting 5!) it would be to listen to your body. In America especially, most of us eat alone, in front of our computers, phones, TVs, or while on the road. We have developed this very bad habit of not paying attention to what or how much we are eating. Make this thanksgiving a mindful one. Eat when you’re hungry. Notice when you’re full, even it means skipping out on your second portion of pie. If you do this, I promise you won’t regret it!
#2 Eat Breakfast
Treat thanksgiving like any other day. Eat Breakfast. Don’t starve yourself until the big feast, because if you do, you’re sure to overeat!
#3 Don’t eat the store-bought…... well, anything!
I pray that you all have multiple family members bringing home cooked goods to your thanksgiving gatherings. If your family is like mine, there will be a select few who have to resort to store bought items because Lord knows some of us are just too busy to cook. We still love those family members, but it doesn’t mean we have to eat the StaterBrothers, 5-day-old sugar cookies that they bring. You have the right to be selective on this day so don’t settle for store bought!
#4 Don’t cheat on your food intolerances
I write this being one of the blessed individuals of having multiple food intolerances. If you’re intolerant to gluten, for example, don’t use thanksgiving as a day to disregard this important fact about yourself because if you’re like me, you WILL regret it.
#5 Get some exercise
Whether it’s a Turkey Trot or a walk around the neighborhood with your family, get some movement! You’ll feel better, I promise!