Posted November 24, 2020
Written November 20, 2018
Written by: Edie Horstman (TULA- Wellness)
Just like that, Thanksgiving weekend is upon us. And in case you haven’t heard, everyone is pranking their family members about microwaving a turkey. It’s absolutely hilarious. To be honest, we could all use a little comic relief this time of year.
Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, housing relatives, or traveling across the country, there’s no time like the present to be mindful. Yes — we’re talking mindfulness today. The busyness of the holidays is inevitable. We all know this. But the more you focus on your busyness, the less manageable (and more chaotic) Thanksgiving will be. For example, I bet you were recently staring at your rather long to-do list, wondering how everything is going to get done in time. Ultimately, what's meant to get done will get done. No will notice your non-Pinterest-worthy decorations, imperfect charcuterie, and store-bought cranberry sauce. No one will notice that you didn’t have time to hand paint name cards. At the end of the day, only two things matter this weekend: gathering with loved ones and being thankful.
On that note, worrying about how many carbs you’re going to eat and the number of pounds you’re going to gain is not part of the agenda. Unfortunately, the concept of overindulgence is nearly unavoidable this time of year. People get all wrapped up in it. You probably have a friend, colleague, or family member who is on a pre-Thanksgiving diet. Or you know someone anxiously awaiting juice cleanse season. And I can guarantee you’ve already come across diet-related messages on social media Come November, diet culture has a field day. The media is able to capitalize on the busyness of the holidays, while reminding you that your aunt’s buttery mashed potatoes are the antithesis of health.
Here’s the thing — it’s not your aunt’s buttery mashed potatoes that are the antithesis of health. Rather, it’s the stress. Anticipating how many calories you’re going to eat is stressful. Planning how you’re going to burn off those calories is stressful. Convincing yourself that stuffing has too many carbs is stressful. Restricting your meals before Thanksgiving is stressful. You see? This unwarranted stress is STRESSFUL. There’s no need for it. But, I used to be that person. I used to let diet culture rule my world. I ignored my cravings and stuck with what I deemed “healthy” and “safe” at Thanksgiving dinner. I made sure to exercise, despite my exhaustion. I hardly touched the pies, for fear of sugar. As you can imagine, these are not my fondest holiday memories. But you live and you learn. And that’s why I’m writing this post today.
Without further ado, I’m here to offer a few tips to help you enjoy a mindful, less stressful, and nourishing Thanksgiving. Deep breaths and hugs, friends.
Alright, that’s all I’ve got. We’re headed to Dallas to spend time with my in-laws, and I can’t wait. Whatever you’re doing — and wherever you’re going — I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
P.S. If Thanksgiving is an emotionally taxing time of year for you, I’m sending love, light, and good juju your way. Life certainly has its hardships, and sometimes those hardships show up during the holiday season. You are not alone in your sadness. Seek human connection and focus your thoughts on the things you are grateful for.
Edie Horstman is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, freelance writer, and advocate of practical wellness. For wholesome recipes, thoughts on motherhood, and how to live sustainably, head to her website, Wellness with Edie.