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The Secret to a Successful Thanksgiving
What is the secret to a successful Thanksgiving? The answer to that question depends on what your idea of a successful Thanksgiving is. But if you ask me, my definition would be that a successful Thanksgiving is one in which doesn’t trigger my chronic illnesses, increase my pain level, nor does it take days or weeks to recover from. Here are some tips to help you achieve the same!
Stuff the turkey, not your mouth
I get it, you want to whoop it up and indulge in all of the festive foods that you don’t make throughout the rest of the year. And it is okay to enjoy it, just not all of it. Savor small portions or bites. Avoid triggers. Personally, I have to be mindful of my sugar and bread intake. I also had to cut out alcohol years ago as it increased my inflammation levels far more than any food did. Stay away from the food and beverages that are going to cause you to spend the next day or more in agony.
Walk it off
If daily walks have become a part of your life, don’t use the holiday as an excuse to not go for one. I find that I crave healthier foods when I exercise. If the weather permits, go for a vigorous walk in the morning or before dinner, then again after dinner. If the weather outside is frightful, try an idea that Donna, Abi, and I came up with earlier this year that can be done by anyone! It can be done while watching the big game, parade, or the family’s favorite movie! Click here to learn more!
Thanksgiving is a time when we gather with family and friends to enjoy a meal and to give thanks. The purpose is NOT to confront people you have issues with nor is a time to sway your friends and family to your political beliefs. These are conversations that should be done one on one and not at a family gathering.
Focus on what is important
Remember what the day is really about, giving thanks! Think about all the things you ARE THANKFUL for, not what drives you mad! If need be, write a list and when you find yourself feeling stressed or agitated, pull it out and remind yourself of what is really important.
With that said, I wish you a Thanksgiving that is filled with laughter, joy, and void of additional pain.
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