It’s Monday, and for Americans it’s also the week of Thanksgiving. This is usually the week where we think and talk about food nonstop. What will we make? What will we eat? What will we have for leftovers? Pie. Casserole. Marshmallows on top of sweet potatoes. Stuffing (my FAVORITE). It’s a bit overwhelming.
Many fitness and diet experts will give you all kinds of rules and tips to navigate the holidays. And many of those tips and tricks sap all the fun out of everything. Don’t eat carbs. Don’t have gravy. Skip the dinner roll. Only have one glass of wine. Calories in/calories out.
I say, forget that. Remember that quote I posted last week about how it’s what you eat on a regular basis that counts?
It’s true. Do you nourish your body with the good stuff more often than not? Do you give yourself ample opportunities to eat fruits and veggies and drink lots of water? Even if you answered no, are you really going to start doing this on THANKSGIVING?
Stressing yourself out and feeling anxious and guilty about what you eat messes with your stress hormones, which release into your body, flooding it with chemicals that will inhibit your digestion. The stress hormone Cortisol is to blame for excess belly fat in many people. So do me a favor (heck, do yourself the favor) and relax. If you’re going to eat something decadent, do it with joy and happiness. Don’t sneak it. Don’t chew it up quickly and swallow the evidence before anyone has a chance to “catch” you. Savor it. Enjoy every bite. AND MOST OF ALL, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. When it’s had enough, respect that and put the fork down. And for goodness sake, never, ever comment on how much someone else is eating, what their body looks like, or how it’s now time to “work off all those calories”.
And the next day, enjoy a green smoothie as part of my Green Smoothie Challenge, a bit of exercise, some fresh air, and the company of the people around you.