It’s O.K. to Overindulge This Thanksgiving

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We all have done it. Eaten until our pants buttons popped and then have to take a 4-hour nap to combat our food coma. The holidays notoriously give us leeway to overindulge. And you know what?

It’s ok.

That’s right, it’s ok to overindulge on the holiday. Why? Because you should be spending time loving your family and friends and not worrying about weight loss. One day does not undo all of your hard work. So there is no reason to spend the day beating yourself up over eating too much.

Instead of worrying about how much you are eating, spend time thanking the people in your life for what they bring to it. Spend time reflecting and laughing and being in the moment.

And if you want to indulge without going into a mega food coma, you can follow these few simple reminders when you’re navigating the holiday table.

  1. Load up on your protein and your greens first. Eat your first and second portions of these before you load up on the rest of the food. This ensures you’ll get the needed protein and feel a little bit fuller before you load up on the pie. If you need help getting in your greens, try a supplement like Detox Organics.
  2. Give yourself a 20-minute break before you eat your carbs like stuffing and rolls. Just take a few minute breather to let the protein and greens settle. Then go in for your holiday carbs.
  3. Same goes for dessert. Give yourself another 20-minute break before you go in for dessert, or even better, an hour if you have time to sit and chat instead.
  4. Have your desserts, and if you want more than one, just take smaller portions. But don’t miss out on it.
  5. Don’t take the desserts home for later. Eat it while you’re at the dinner, and if you’re hosting it, make sure it leaves with your guests if you can. That way you’re not carrying over all the foods days after the holidays are over.

These simple steps will help you from entering the food coma most of us find ourselves suffering through for the rest of the day or even the next day. You can still have it all, you can just pace yourself so you actually enjoy it and don’t burst out of these skinny jeans.

Being thankful is what the holidays are about. Embrace them with an attitude of gratitude and you’ll be sure to truly enjoy the holidays with your family and friends.

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