I LOVE THANKSGIVING.
I love the smell of warm, spicy apple cider brewing in the crock pot, the coziness of watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade in pajamas with my family, and obviously, i love the food. Since starting my yoga and spiritual practice, Thanksgiving changed in my eyes. It wasn’t so much about plates full of food; it became more about family and about taking much more time to journal, meditate and pray to give thanks for all the blessings I have. In years prior, Thanksgiving used to be just another opportunity to binge eat. The only difference was that this holiday made it socially acceptable.
What Does The Thanksgiving Hangover Look (And Feel) Like?
- Painfully full
- Feelings of regret and guilt about food
- Focus on food instead of family, friends, and gratitude
- Acid Reflux that night, next morning, etc.
- “Tummy Troubles” – digestive issues
- Must. Take. Nap.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend my holiday focusing on how badly my stomach hurts and how guilty I feel for making myself physically sick with food. Instead, I want to enjoy my fill of all the wonderfully tasty, special foods and then move on to the next thing. I want to be able to focus on talking, laughing, and spending time with my family and friends Thanksgiving evening.
Luckily, there’s a super simple tip I use that has worked for me over and over again whether I am presented with a little or a lot of healthy or unhealthy foods.
I simply ask myself before my meal, “How will this make me feel?”
I then choose my foods accordingly, and halfway through my meal, I ask myself… “If I keep eating, how will this make me feel?”
Magic happens when we create a space between our thoughts and our actions. Overeating is simply us overriding that pause, plowing through, and forgetting to check in with our bodies and minds.
If you do check in and realize you are stuffed but want to keep eating, you can choose that. You have free will. You simply give yourself the opportunity to make an empowered choice when you take the time to analyze how your food makes you feel, and how satisfied you are from your meal.
Give it a try! This has helped me countless times and I actually use this phrase ( “How will this make me feel?” ) every single day. I love it.
How do you deal with overeating on Thanksgiving? Do you just ‘go for it’ or are you conscious even on this food-filled holiday?
I’d love to hear what you’re most grateful for this year, and what makes your life blessed! I’ll be tweeting lots of gratitude and blessing shout outs on Thanksgiving 🙂 @TheBlissfulBlog <– Follow!
Lots of love from NYC this week,