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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving - It's Just One Day

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

This is a troublesome day for people. It's the start of a difficult period, too, with lots of holidays, parties, and seasonal foods.

This is just a quick reminder:

Thanksgiving is just one meal, one day.

Eat up, and enjoy the meal, the treats, and your friends and family. Don't stress, as much as you can avoid it.

But it's just one meal, one day. It doesn't have to turn into a weekend-long extravaganza of poor food choices.

Eat today. Eat until you're 80% full, or if you can't hold to that, until you're full. Not until, as Louis CK puts it, you hate yourself.

If offered leftovers, take the turkey, the veggies, the salad. If you have to take some dessert, pick one and take one piece.

Plan your breakfast for tomorrow and eat that. Get right back on track with healthy eating. Remember that health and fitness flows from consistency, and just get back to that after a great big meal today.

And it's the start of the holiday season, but it doesn't have to mean eating anything and everything until January - it just means the weeks will be punctuated with more food. Make good choices when you can control things and you'll be fine.

Bonus tip!

Find an eating buddy. Someone you can tell what you ate to - and report to each other after today, and better, after tomorrow. Keep on track by making yourself externally accountable.

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