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I don’t like to get preachy, but I’m giving myself a pass today.

I’ve come across a number of posts today giving advice on how to avoid overeating on Thanksgiving.

Drink hot tea.

Eat a raw apple.

Fill up on water.

Skip the breads.

Pass on dessert.


I get it – nobody wants to pack on holiday pounds. But loosening your belt buckle after one meal isn’t going make or break your fitness goals. If you’re concerned about how much or what you’re eating on this one day, for one meal, you’re doing it wrong.

If you’re eating proper amounts of whole, nourishing foods every day of your life, overeating at Thanksgiving doesn’t matter.

If you’re eating like it’s Thanksgiving every day of your life, then overeating at Thanksgiving still doesn’t matter.

One meal isn’t going to make a difference. You’re fit because you make healthy choices every day. Or, you’re not fit because you make unhealthy choices every day. Barring any body imbalances, it’s not much more complicated than that.

Thanksgiving is a feast of thanks, emphasis on feast. It is a day to be mindful of the bounties you’ve been blessed with, and to enjoy them. It’s a day of sharing and joy. Restriction doesn’t really fit into the program.

When it’s time to celebrate, then by all means, celebrate! When it’s not, don’t pile your plate like it is.

This Thanksgiving, do me a favor. Observe Thanksgiving as it was meant to be celebrated. Be alive. Partake, and be thankful.

Afterwards, you can go back to being reasonable.



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