Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it just so happens to be one of my favorite holidays for a few reasons. First, there is nothing I love more than cooking a big meal for my family and spending time with them. I take great pride in my cooking, so it is very gratifying to see people scarf down my dishes and crash on the couch for a nap. There is no greater compliment, I think.
But perhaps the biggest reason that I look forward to Thanksgiving is that it serves as a great reminder of a very important concept in my weight loss journey – I didn’t get fat on Thanksgiving. Going back for a second plate of mashed potatoes and stuffing did not make me over 300 pounds. The cranberry sauce and the sweet potatoes did not single-handedly sabotage a lifetime of trying to lose weight. It is our day-to-day habits, the little choices that seem so insignificant at the time, that are responsible for our success or failure in maintaining weight and good health.
So don’t punish yourself for enjoying your Thanksgiving feast. You don’t have to make a tofu turkey or low-carb/low-fat/low-whatever dishes just to cut some calories. This one day will not make you fat, I promise. It’s every other day you have to worry about 😉