It doesn’t matter if you stuffed yourself with stuffing or gobbled up every bite of turkey in sight – there’s no need to punish yourself with hours of cardio or restriction.
You Have Nothing to Punish Yourself For
PSA: You were not “soo bad.” nor should you feel any pressure whatsoever to “start that diet tomorrow!”
As much as I’d love to say that Thanksgiving is all about being grateful and spending time with family, let’s be real for a second. It’s also kinda REALLY about the food. All the delicious food that somehow warrants dinner at 4 PM and in my family, continues to be nibbled on until the moment that the multiple pies and cakes come out. It’s a day that sorta revolves around eating.
Cut the Cardio
If you wake up Friday morning, the sun is shining, and you feel that buzz in your bones for a runner’s high, then by all means. Go take a jog. But if you wake up Friday morning bloated, sluggish, and feeling self-loathing for the amount of calories you consumed yesterday, fight the urge to “burn it off” with cardio. I maintain that any exercise that comes at a cost to your mental health is not worth the physical benefit. And whether you think you’re just fine or not, choosing to exercise in response to a big meal is disordered thinking and is in fact a way of self-punishment. You don’t deserve that. You don’t deserve a slap on the hand for enjoying one day out of 365 of indulgence and good company.
Restriction Is Not Your Friend
Restricting the next day, or next few days, will not make you stronger or happier. All skipping breakfast or more will accomplish is making for one really crappy day where you feel grumpy and as if you’ve failed. What did you fail? Failed to be one step closer to that size 0 model in the magazine? News flash: even she doesn’t look that toned or ripped after a Thanksgiving feast. Allow yourself to be human, eat, be merry, and all that jazz. And the next day? Allow yourself to be happy by not skipping meals.
Instead, drink lots of water to help with the bloating. Practice self care by snuggling up with your favorite book, spending time with family, or turning on a good movie. Remember that you are not what you eat – you’re so much more than that.
If the voices get to be too loud, and you feel yourself slipping into bad habits following the holiday, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Email me at email@example.com with anything you need to talk about. Or text “NEDA” to 741741 to be connected with a trained volunteer at Crisis Text Line.
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