Here we are, the week of Thanksgiving, and I can honestly say that I have no idea where the time went. Wasn’t it just summer? How can we enjoy the holiday when we just want it to be over by the time it arrives? I hope that the tips that I have shared over the past few weeks have helped you to prepare for this Thursday. Here are three more for those who struggle with food or who just want to avoid the post turkey food coma.
- Eat regularly throughout the day. Don’t skip meals in anticipation of a large dinner because it sets you up to binge.
- Stick to the healthy. Is someone going to be at the dinner that you feel makes healthy choices? Pay attention to what they are eating, their portion sizes. Use them as your reality check. Or better yet bring your own healthy side dishes. Then you know that they are wholesome and healthy.
- Also don’t be afraid to turn down the desert table with a simple “that looks delicious, but I promised myself no dessert.” You could also say you worry about your blood sugar levels and you promised yourself no dessert. OR YOU CAN bring the desert. That’s what I do. My pumpkin pies are legend. But they’re also 100% organic made with non-GMO pie crusts that are to die for.
- Consider not drinking. Drinking is often used to reduce anxiety. And for a minute it works. But then it doesn’t because it disinhibits you, which may cause you to eat more than you really need to eat. Also, anxious people usually drink too much at holiday dinners. That’s when we say things, we wish we hadn’t said or eat things we wish we hadn’t eaten.
- Pace yourself. Use the days off to rest and pamper yourself. Get in an extra workout. Start a new book. Take a walk, before or after dinner. Organize a closet that has been driving you nuts, but don’t organize the whole house or spend days cooking by yourself. Take short cuts wherever and whenever you can. Hold a baby. Pet something. Breathe.
Does someone you love suffer from an eating disorder?
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