Pass Me the Gravy!

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”
– Jim Davis

This is when I am supposed to tell you to eat everything in moderation on the big day, and then also be careful on Christmas.  I am also supposed to remind you that it is during the holiday season that many of us pack on the weight and then fail to lose it over the subsequent year, which is true. But I would like to try a new approach because I, myself, do not eat in moderation on Thanksgiving Day. My wife’s grandmother makes me a Pumpkin Cheesecake pie, just for me, and buys me a six pack of pumpkin beer every year. I eat until I get the strange feeling that I might die. One day, two if you count Christmas, is not going to make you fat! It’s everything else you are doing during the month that is. I get it, there are a lot of staff parties and friend get-togethers, so it is a challenge.  But even those do not take up every day of the calendar leading up to New Year’s Day when you finally are able to relax on the eggnog and focus on your resolutions for a better lifestyle.

My suggestion is feast and famine. At least a famine of the comfort foods. Eat big or go home on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Enjoy the leftovers as well. But on the days in between the staff and family get-togethers, focus on vegetables. You can even incorporate some intermittent fasting. Earn the big days and enjoy them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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