Are you a stretch pant wearer on Thanksgiving day? I’ve been there too! Ladies, we don’t need to sacrifice a cute outfit in order to fill our tummies on this day of eating, eating and more eating!
When I was growing up we had what I would consider a common Thanksgiving dinner. Family gathered around our table which was beautifully decorated in fall colors. The meal included turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes or yams, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole and of course pumpkin and apple pie for dessert. There was a plethora of food, but I don’t ever remember feeling like I was going to bust. Maybe it was all the running around and football playing!
After meeting my husband, Thanksgiving became more and more. His family traditions included an Italian Feast along with all the Thanksgiving food. Y’all my stomach hurt before I even sat down. The food was without a doubt delicious, but I never even wanted dessert because I was so full. Do you know what? I LOVE DESSERT. If I had my way, we’d eat dessert prior to dinner! So, I wanted to find a way to save room for my beloved sweets!
As the years went on, I found myself going from wearing loosely fitted pants to finding a way to dress up yoga pants! I’ve decided I will not do this to myself this year. I love Thanksgiving, it’s one of my favorite holidays. This year, instead of making such a big deal about what I put in my mouth…I’m focusing on the family around the table. I’m certain I will enjoy the food. However, I will make a point to enjoy it while being conscious of how my body feels. How in the world do you do this when the food looks so tempting? Small portions…take a bit of each and you can still taste everything!
If your family does appetizers beforehand, try limiting these or eliminating them all together. Eat a small breakfast in the morning, so you leave yourself room. Also, get up and move. Make it a family activity…go for a walk, toss a football around…anything to get you and your loved ones out enjoying the fresh air.
Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving recipe? What about your family traditions? Do you like gathering with family or do you prefer a more intimate get together? We’d love to hear your Thanksgiving traditions.
Let’s remember Thanksgiving is a time for feeling thankful for all our Blessings. Maybe you’ve had a hard year; maybe you can’t be with family on this holiday. Wherever your circumstances find you; remember to give yourself Grace.
Whether you are dressed in your cute fall outfit or yoga pants, my hope is you find yourself surrounded by those you love the most. Happy Thanksgiving!