Why Calories Don’t Count on Thanksgiving

My favorite week of the entire year is finally here! It’s Thanksgiving week 🙂 I’m very excited to see my family, enjoy some amazing food, and make a lot of memories. There will be about 20 people in my parent’s home this week, so it’s definitely going to be interesting. Nonetheless, we are family and will make the most of it! Today, I want to take the time to share something with you that I’ve struggled with in the past: watching what I eat on Thanksgiving.

Being in the health and wellness industry, I’m definitely one to make healthy decisions the majority of the time. I just like the way these foods make me feel, and they support my ultimate goal of living a healthful life. Yet, it is very easy to get too caught up in this mantra. I used to find myself missing out on some of my favorite foods simply because they weren’t what I would consider “healthy”. Over the years, I’ve come to realize that sometimes sharing in these foods with people that I love is more important than choosing the healthful option. In short, I’ve learned that I’d rather make memories than worry about a few extra calories.

Around this time of the year, I see so many posts on Facebook for low calorie Thanksgiving recipes. The old me definitely would have been excited about this, but the new me is honestly a little bothered by it. I’ll be the first to tell you that if you don’t treat yourself to your favorite foods over the holidays, you’re never going to satisfy your wants. For me, I love stuffing, and I can assure you that the low carb cauliflower stuffing will leave me feeling hungrier than if I would have just enjoyed my beloved StoveTop stuffing. Sometimes, you just need to satisfy your mental hunger.

What’s even more important is making memories. When you look back on Thanksgiving, you’re not going to remember how many calories you ate or anything like that. You’re going to remember being with your family and enjoying some amazing food. Isn’t that more important than sticking to your diet for one day? Personally, I want to take Thanksgiving to make the lasting memories, eat good food, and be with the ones that I love. While food has calories, it’s also a major part of our culture. It’s a means by which we create memories and happiness. Yes, you can still make decisions like having two rolls instead of four but don’t lose sight of what really matters in life, especially during the holidays.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Treat yourselves…I know I will!

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