As Thanksgiving Day here in the United States rapidly approaches, there are more “how to avoid unhealthy eating during the holiday season” articles than you can shake a stick at.
I kind of get sick of reading them, to be honest, yet I’m going to add another bit of holiday eating advice to the ever-growing list.
However, I think my thoughts might contradict every other health-slant piece of advice out there. And here’s why, cause I’m going to tell you to eat. Don’t worry about calorie count, fat content, or anything else. Thanksgiving is rooted in feasting on the bounty that the Earth has provided, and even if we get more food out of a can than from the ground these days, let’s still enjoy the bounty.
A word of warning, though, before you get too food crazy. Thanksgiving is a one day holiday, not a four day one. Feast on Thursday. Eat like a king. Have a second piece of pie with two scoops of ice cream.
You’ll be ok.
But on Friday, the holiday is over. Enjoy the leftovers as they are available, but enjoy them sensibly. No need to over overdo it two days in a row. Mix in a little salad with your green bean casserole. Maybe only have one side instead of stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and corn bread.
You see, the reason for holiday weight gain isn’t a one day feast, it’s the four day bender. Keep things under control after Thanksgiving, and you’ll have a head start on the goal of not gaining any weight between now and the New Year.