Thanksgiving is just around the corner! How many of us tend to eat so much on Thanksgiving that we are miserable? We know that we do! And how many of us tell ourselves, "It's just once a year," or "It's Thanksgiving; this is what we do on Thanksgiving!" So instead of feeling miserable this Thanksgiving, let's help each other to avoid over eating.
Here are some tips and tricks from me and Dan that may help you avoid overeating this year.
Reflect on Your Emotional Triggers
For many of us, emotional triggers are the main culprit of our over eating tendencies. Holidays can intensify these emotional triggers because of the memories attached to them, both good and bad ones. Before you head to a party or dinner, take a moment or two to think about your favorite holiday foods and the memories attached with them. By giving mindful attention to your feelings, you maybe reduce the temptation to try to bring on happy feelings with an extra handful of cookies or to drown bad ones with a glass or two or three of eggnog.
In conjunction with mindful attention to your feeling, make sure you have a strategy in place so that even at your weakest point in time, you can overcome those emotional triggers or social pressures.
Have a Strategy
Before you head to the party or the dinner table, try one or all of these strategies to help you make healthier choices.