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Thanksgiving Health Confessional: Share It and Move On

Days later and I'm still feeling full from Thanksgiving, though it may have something to do with all the pumpkin pie I've been eating for breakfast. As fun as Thanksgiving can be and as much as I love seeing my family, it is indeed a fat-filled and refined carb-laden holiday. And while I was OK eating a 1,600 calorie plate on Thanksgiving, days later I am feeling a little guilty, especially since the leftovers keep on keepin' on.

Before you beat yourself up for that extra serving of mashed potatoes or a week of missed workouts, take a moment and tell yourself it's OK. It's not the end of the world, and starting today you can go right back to your lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise. It's also important to keep in mind that if you normally eat healthy, the occasional splurge is not going to wreck your diet. The important thing is to not beat yourself up! So instead of doing that, join me in the Thanksgiving confessional! Leave a comment to shed your guilt about your biggest Thanksgiving indulgence, and together, we'll resolve to get back on track.

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Roarman Roarman 5 years
Wild Magelet said it all. It seems a few commentors may be a bit obsessed with food, which is far less healthy than indulging on Thanksgiving.
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 5 years
I can totally relate FitSugar (and Anonymous your post was a fun read).. I did okay at dinner; one serving of everything plus a delicious roll and one piece of lemon meringue pie. It's always the leftovers that ruin me!! Eating pie the next day straight from the container, cookies galore.. what's wrong with me :) I ended up having a great run on Saturday which made me feel wonderful for a few hours but it's caught up to me by now. I'm eating healthy this week.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 5 years
I've tended to steer clear of FitSugar for the last six months or so, as a necessary step in recovering from disordered eating. This is one of the first posts that I've read in ages and it was a bit of a shock, to be honest. This is exactly the sort of post that I used to enjoy reading and participating in, and now, with a clear head again at last, it seems quite disturbing to me. It's a post entirely about guilt and self-flagellation. It was a holiday celebration. Holidays are special for the very reason that they aren't everyday occurrences and a big part of family celebrations is good food - if you're lucky enough and wealthy enough to be able to afford good food. There is no reason to beat yourself up for enjoying home-cooked celebratory meals. I'm sure that most people who read FitSugar exercise more and eat more vegetables than the average person anyway, and I fully believe that feeling guilty "days later" is far less healthy and more stressful on your body than a few extra calories. The holidays are supposed to be fun. Wasting precious days of my life stressing about food that has already been digested and is gone or denying myself everyday pleasures and isolating myself from social occasions because of food fear is a nightmare that I have no desire to return to ever. We don't have Thanksgiving here, but there's no way I'm going to be counting the calories in my Christmas lunch or going out for a run first thing on Boxing Day to burn them off. We *are* meant to eat food. It's not an "indulgence", it's a necessity of life. If every so often the food on offer is higher in calories and yummier than usual, that's because it's supposed to be a treat. Sorry for the little rant. :-) I just get a bit disturbed when I see some of the comments and hear in them my very messed up voice of a couple of years ago.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 5 years
Waaaaaaaaay too much wine and just basic boxed processed junk. Funny how I get so bad at my MIL's house but as soon as I'm back home in my apartment surrounded by all my fresh fruit and veggies i feel so much better. And I haven't worked out in 2 months.
fashionaza fashionaza 5 years
I ate and drank a lot! and even though i manage to work out one hour a day, i do not think it was enough :( I will start eating healthy tomorrow and keep on working out! I love the holidays but i always relax too much and gain weight.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
Food-wise, I did fine, but I slacked on the working out big time. I cut my normal workouts in half the last few days and I have GOT to get myself back on track before I gain more weight.
lady_jade lady_jade 5 years
Ugh, too many mixed drinks for me, and I was too busy to stick to my food journal (or make it a priority I guess). I did manage to work out on schedule, but still gained back a few pounds in just 4 days (noooooo). I'm pretty disappointed.
hilarysullivan3 hilarysullivan3 5 years
I exercised this week, but not as much as usual, and I don't think I've eaten a fruit or vegetable since Tuesday. I've been freaking out a bit, since I just was celebrating losing 10 lbs that I gained during a semester abroad. However, this should be helpful, and I'm headed to the gym in an hour and a half.
asense0fwonder asense0fwonder 5 years
I haven't been to the gym since thursday and i can't stop eating pumpkin spice muffins!
nikkisoda nikkisoda 5 years
I drank waaaaaaay too much wine.
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