Despite what all of the memes, commercials and traditions inspire, Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are not about the food.
I repeat. The holidays are not about the food.
Say it again with me. These holidays are not about the food.
Sure, there is going to be a lot of food and it's usually pretty good. But just because it's there doesn't mean you have to dive into that gravy mountain and ride the wave. You'll need a plan to get through Food Season and we'll do it together, ok?
Create a plan on how to deal with food. Maybe it's only having one plate. Maybe it's trying a spoonful of everything and nothing more. Maybe it's arriving late so you miss the pregame nosh-fest. No matter what, know your plan and live it. When you find yourself grazing ask, "does this get me closer or farther from my goal?"
The holidays are about spending time with loved ones, catching up, laughing, loving and gratitude. Be thankful. Play actual in-person games. Stay off of your phone. As corny as it sounds, fill up on laughter, memories and gratitude, not food.
Eat before you go. It's harder to overdo it when you don't arrive hungry.
Get back up the next morning with the knowledge that (in the immortal & indirect words of Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights) that winning and losing isn't defined by how we play the game, it's defined by how we get back up and keep going. Just because you blew your plan on your first plate doesn't mean you give up. It means you accept it, forgive yourself and try again--as many times as it takes.
Don't give in to the food gluttony. This is the time of year where everything snowballs. You can either have a plan and let the snowball clear the way for your success OR you can get trapped by the snowball and accumulate more fluff. Your success doesn't have to be perfect to cross the finish line. Just be mindful and don't give up.
Have a plan and let the snowball of eating and celebrating pave the way to a meaningful and successful new year. We've got this!
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