Thursday, November 25

Thanksgiving Eating-Its wonderful but can Lead to Unhappiness

I got home the other day and in the first three hours home, I had already eaten more then I probably did the whole week previous. I love the coming home and being able to enjoy my mother's cooking and baking along with all the goodies Thanksgiving brings. This brings me to talk about body image and people being worried about body size and gaining weight over the holidays. I would love for all people to realized that all different body types are beautiful. It is important to enjoy what you are supposed to be enjoying on thanksgiving: your family, friends, and what you are thankful for. Hopefully these tips can encourage that.

Move your body for at least 30 min each day. This can be a brisk walk, a jog on the treadmill, or dance around the house with your cousins.

Don't starve yourself waiting for dinner. This leads to over eating and eating way to fast. Snack here and there leading up to the big feast to prevent tummy aches and guilt.

Drink a big glass of water. This is my mother's remedy for almost everything. But it's probably because its a great idea. When you are bored hungry this week, before you eat a huge handful of chips and salsa, drink a big glass of water and wait a few minutes. Sometimes when we are dehydrated we will confuse the feeling with being hungry.

Don't talk to people about being unhappy with your body. This negative self talk won't help anyone and certainly won't help how you feel about yourself. If people bring up how fat they look or how much they hate how much they just ate, leave the conversation, change the topic, or flat out tell them that you don't want to have those kind of conversations. Keep things positive and focus on what is great about you!

There is an amazing blog that I found recently that is all about loving your body and fighting those media images of what we are "supposed to look like". Medicinal Marzipan has some great tips on how to stay healthy during the holidays and if you want to read more about this topic you should definitely check her out!

What's your favorite part of Thanksgiving? How do you stay positive during the bombardment of unattainable body images from the media?

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