I know there are a lot of people out there who are nervous about Thanksgiving.
The thought of having all kinds of food, that you only get once a year, right in front of you, can be me scary. Especially if you're known to binge or emotionally eat.
Or maybe it's the thought of NYE approaching and wanting to look beautiful (i.e. lose weight) before that night
Or the fear that your aunt, mom, or grandma is going to comment on your weight or how much you're eating.
Whatever it is for you, you're not alone. I've already heard from many of you that these fears are already here.
So I want to leave you with a few things to take on before tomorrow:
1. The first step is having gratitude for yourself.
Yes, I know the tradition is to have gratitude for others or the things in your life, but here's why: The negative thoughts about yourself may have already begun... when it comes to your eating habits, when it comes to your body, when it comes to not trusting yourself tomorrow and they might continue the day after Thanksgiving.
You've may have heard me say it before, but self-compassion is what will keep you from binge or emotional eating.
So have some gratitude for yourself, remember your worth and know that you are not just our physical body or weight. You are a sister, friend, mother, daughter, employer, employee, a good listener... You are kind, compassionate, generous, friendly, fun, smart. You make people laugh, you make people smile, you make people feel appreciated and loved. And that is what people will remember about you. So write as much as you can (at least 2 pages)!
No matter what someone says to you or what comments they make. You can have that all in the back of your mind and know that you are more than that.
2. Practice not comparing yourself to others.
It's easy to compare yourself to friends, other family members, to compare plates, to compare table settings, to compare what they have that you don't.... when you find yourself comparing yourself to others, practice gratitude for what you do have.
3. Eat before Thanksgiving dinner... DO NOT GO ALL DAY WITHOUT EATING.
Primal hunger kicks in and you will not be able to stop if you wait all day to eat. You will have more more control and ability to stop if you eat earlier in the day. It will also keep your metabolism flowing.
4. Enjoy your meal, savor each bite, and eat slowly.
You'll enjoy it more, you'll eat less, you'll feel yourself get hungry sooner and you'll be able to still have a little bit of everything without over doing it.
5. Don't eat things that don't taste good and don't feel the need to finish your entire plate.
I promise you it will be okay! If you feel guilty you don't finish something you're just going to feel more guilty later for eating too much. You don't need to let your family be food pushers. If they make a comment, tell them you're feeling full and ask them if they want to finish your food for you.;)
6. Go on a walk with your family after dinner or early the next day.
Movement will help you digest, it will help your metabolism, it will help with emotions or guilt, and with your energy levels. You don't have to go crazy with the exercise, a little bi goes a long way. Take it as an opportunity to continue enjoying your family's company.
P.S. Keep an eye out for an email on Black Friday. Lots of fun freebies and special deals for you!