Many of the posts I read in regards to eating and Thanksgiving include ways to modify recipes to reduce calories, or ways to try a little bit of everything in moderation, ways not to gain weight over the holidays, etc. While these posts may be helpful, I think they take the meaning and pleasure out of this special day.
The average American adult’s weight increases by only 0.2 percent over Thanksgiving (American Journal of Medicine 2016), which may be less than half a pound for some people. I hope that with a focus on celebrating family and food, we can all take a little pressure off of ourselves, to eat with enjoyment and appreciation, and to stop eating when full. The leftovers in my house are just as good, my hubby thinks even better, the next day.
Thanksgiving presents an opportunity for me to celebrate food and what it means to me to nourish my family. My definition of nourish includes all foods, no off-limits items, and paying attention to how food makes our bodies feel. When I hear my daughter asking for more snap peas at breakfast (yes, breakfast!) to pair with her Goldfish crackers, I feel excited, happy that we have no food rules and proud that she wants more of the veggies. Overly restricting or saying no can make it confusing for kids and adults alike to listen to our internal cues driving hunger and satiety.