Gobble Gobble… Or Not?

by Simla on November 24, 2009

The turkey. The stuffing. The mashed potatoes and yams with marshmallows. The buttery gravy. The green beans. The pies.

It’s THANKSGIVING!!!!!

And here’s a recommendation from your friendly holistic nutritionist, moi:

Go ahead and enjoy your Thanksgiving meal to the fullest.

Literally.

Stuff yourself like the turkey if it makes you happy, and take that tryptophan-and-sugar-crash-induced nap.

Really, it’s ok – as long as you don’t eat this way regularly. The holidays are a special time. You’ve got family, feasting, festivities, and lots of comfort foods providing you with a type of goodness that goes way beyond just the food itself. When else are you going to have your grandmother’s stuffing, green bean casserole with fried onions, marshmallow yams, mom’s divine gravy, and three different types of pie, all on the same day? (Hopefully your answer is: just at Thanksgiving, and maybe two other days during the year! =)

This recommendation is based on my 80/20 rule:  It’s what you do most of the time that matters, not just some of the time!

If you eat healthfully and move your body regularly all week long, it’s totally fine take the day “off” vegging on the coach and having a helping of seconds one day a week (the other 20%).

I believe the 80/20 rule makes living healthfully sustainable and more enjoyable. It helps prevent you from feeling guilty every time you can’t live up to your (or others’) unrealistic expectations of being perfect all the time – because you can’t.

Some other ways to put the 80/20 rule to work:

Perfection is a myth. So give it up. You’ll be happier 100% of the time.

Happy Gobbling!

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pypeLeacuut December 11, 2009 at 4:56 pm

I really enjoyed reading your blogpost, keep on making such interesting articles!

Simla December 20, 2009 at 2:01 am

Thanks! I appreciate your note. Have a wonderful day…

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