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3 Reasons Why You Eat Yourself Into a Food Coma on Thanksgiving


Why is Thanksgiving a binge-fest that leads to a food coma?

Why do we not only allow, but plan to give in to our gluttonous selves on the last Thursday of November?

Why is Thanksgiving all about the pumpkin pie? The puffed fried appetizers? The black Friday food plans? The in-dul-gence?

Man, we’ve taken this holiday and made it all about stuffing our senses like we stuff that bird.

The thing is, why we eat so much on Thanksgiving may not have everything to do with the food.

It’s super possible that the food is just a symptom of something bigger.

Whaaaa? Yeah.

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to eat that Thanksgiving meal on a Tuesday in July? Most likely, you would eat that decadent meal in an empowered and healthy way without eater’s remorse and the three day post turkey day food coma.

So if it isn’t just the food, what is it about Thanksgiving that makes it so challenging for us to navigate this holiday easily?

3 Reasons Why You Eat Yourself Into a Food Coma on Thanksgiving

1. Stress comes with the holidays. Stress is a huge trigger to overeat.

Thanksgiving brings on the bad stressors of travel, broken routines, extra time in crowds, and the like.

It also brings on good stressors that you may not think of: spending time with your 2 year old niece or 85 year old grandmother, writing your holiday cards, watching your alma mater’s nail biter of an annual football game. . . these may be wonderful things, but they take extra energy and this can still be stress related even if it is “good” stress.

You want to keep your stress level to a minimum at all times, because with stress comes the hormone cortisol, which is destructive to both your waistline and your health.

PLAN for these stressors, both good and bad, so that you won’t feel overwhelmed and not know why. {Tweet this!}

Identifying the stressors of the day will help keep you in check. Have a mantra, something like “be in the moment” to remind you stay present and not get overwhelmed.

2. Your world is disrupted. Is it possible your Thanksgiving food coma is a result of you being out of your routine?

Thanksgiving is a day, followed by a day off, followed by a weekend that turns our regular day-to-day on it’s ear.

Schools and businesses are closed. Our world breaks routine.

The thing is, your body likes routine. It likes to sleep in it’s own bed, use your own toilet, and sleep and wake at the same time.

Routines are healthy and even good disruptions keep our systems from humming at their best.

As much as possible, stick to your daily routine of sleep, morning habits, coffee of choice and wellness work. The little bit of consistency will make it easier to recover from Thanksgiving and set you up for a healthy December.

3. Your nurtured self is on a shelf. Could the desire to overdo it on the sweet potatoes covered in marshmallows be related to your disconnection with your body?

Let’s face it, celebrating turkey-day is not always easy on the old self care routine. As a host, there is lots of planning, prepping, organizing and expectation to manage. As a guest there is lines at the airport, traffic or navigating which family you show up to first.

Taking time to squeeze in a bubble bath, read a few pages of your novel, or flip through your Instagram just may not happen. Any chance you could re-think that one?

We need our nurturing time to restore balance to our bodies. Taking care of ourselves, beyond the basic teeth brushing, hair washing and toenail clipping takes us from surviving to thriving.

When your wellness isn’t thriving, you’re more likely to get sucked into overeating into a food coma, skipping the exercise and having the extra glass of holiday cheer that starts a cycle of unhealthy behaviors.

Feed your soul like you’re feeding your tummy this Thanksgiving {Tweet this!} by planning to listen to your favorite tunes, call your bestie in Cali, or a similar self-nurturing few minutes of the day.

Feeling good leads to fueling right!

Enjoy yourself this turkey day, and do it in a way that you can feel great about. Think beyond the food to the underlying reasons you may overdo it.

Maybe one of the reasons above speaks to you. Squash your stress, maintain balance in your world and remember to nurture yourself. Happy Thanksgiving!

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