Happy Thanksgiving to you, beautiful!!! Today is the big day, the first of the big holiday meals for the next month and a half!
We are sending this to you today so you’re prepared to take on Thanksgiving with freedom, presence and pleasure!
No guilt, no anxiety. We are popping in to remind you to enjoy every bite and give yourself permission to eat tonight.
It’s not what you eat it’s how you eat!
So here are our tips for eating and enjoying today’s meal so you can be present with your family instead of distracted by your own guilt and prevent yourself from being overly stuffed after dinner.
Do not wait to until lunch or dinner to eat!
Waiting to eat all day slows your metabolism and digestion, leading to feeling beyond stuffed tonight and unable to digest all of those foods that you aren’t used to having. Waiting to eat all day will also leave you feeling absolutely starving, which turns off your bodies “full” signals. Meaning you will for sure over eat and never feel satisfied!
Eat what you love. Instead of piling your plate with everything, choose the foods you actually want to eat, the ones that look appealing and sound good to you.
Often times we eat more because we think we have to have salad or we have to have vegetables and still end up eating the same amount of all of the other stuff. Choose what you want.
Give yourself permission and shift your mindset.
When you give yourself permission you don’t think to yourself, “oh well I just screwed my diet, I may as well go crazy and eat it all” and bingeing ensues. We also think to ourselves, this is the last time I’m going to have a delicious meal or my mom’s cooking for a long time. I better eat as much as I can. Instead save some for leftovers the next day, through the weekend or make yourself a pumpkin pie in January, why not!?!? Lastly, you don’t have to finish everything on your plate. You’re an adult! Finish it if you want, but if you’re overly full put your plate aside or save the food for leftovers.
Take your time. Enjoy how beautiful the food looks, how wonderful it smells, and appreciate the time that it took to make it all. Taste each bite and enjoy the flavors. Chew a little longer. Put your fork down between each bite to ensure you’re enjoying every bite.
First, eating fast can shock your digestive system, Think indigestion. Chewing helps the digestive process by giving your saliva extra time to break down what you’re eating. Most importantly, when you eat more slowly and enjoy the flavors you experience greater satisfaction and your brain gets the signal faster that you’re full or you’ve had enough!
Go back for seconds if you want. Check in with yourself mid meal and see if you’re enjoying what you’re eating or if there is a particular food you want instead. Have what you’re craving rather than eating it all and then going back for seconds. Throughout your meal check in to see how full you are to avoid over eating.
We don’t want you to stuff yourself with food you don’t want. Today is about enjoying the foods you love about Thanksgiving.
Food sensitives (this does not apply to food allergies). It can often times be challenging to resist all of the foods at the table that you don’t eat because they don’t make you feel the best. Instead of saying “screw it, I’m just going to eat everything and be sick tomorrow” serve yourself a spoon full and move on to the foods you know won’t bother you!
You’ll feel a lot better tomorrow if you have a taste rather than a whole lot and then you won’t feel like you’re missing out! And if there’s something you really want that’s made with all kinds of ingredients that don’t make you feel well bring your own! Like these vegan, raw Pumpkin Pie Bites! No dairy or gluten!
We hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving full of love, gratitude and delicious food! Remember it’s not what you eat, it’s how you eat! Enjoy every bite tomorrow!
Share these tips with your friends and family this holiday season!