I was in a yoga class the other day and the instructor wished everyone a happy upcoming Thanksgiving and she cautioned us all to “be careful” about our food choices. Um…. what?! Be careful? Be careful about what? We could assume she meant be careful you don’t eat “too much” or eat “bad foods”, but I like this new list of the only things you need to be careful about when eating on Thanksgiving. Be careful your food isn’t held at improper temperatures, be careful the food you’re eating is free of your allergens, and be careful you’re not eating according to diet rules.
Christina Frangione, MS, RD, CDN
Christina Frangione, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Huntington, NY helping clients with eating disorders and disordered eating recover their relationship with food and their body. She utilizes a Health at Every Size® approach and supports Intuitive Eating and knows that while she is the food and nutrition expert, you are the expert of your body and life.
As American Thanksgiving approaches, you’re probably seeing articles telling you which foods to avoid and which are lower calorie and therefore the “better” choice. These traditional “eat this”, “not that” posts completely negate a person’s personal preferences, hunger, and satisfaction levels.
ave you ever put off social events, dating or job opportunities until after you lost the weight you felt you needed to lose? Do you have a number in mind that once you get there your life can truly begin?
Stop waiting! Your life can begin at any moment!
You do not need to earn the right to eat food. You still deserve to eat today and you don’t have to earn the foods you enjoy and that make you feel good. You still deserve to eat today no matter what!
No one has found the miracle diet to treat and prevent all disease and you most likely won’t find out about it this way. If you have questions about a particular diet you hear about, take those questions to a registered dietitian nutritionist. We have more science based answers than your average person and can steer you in the right direction.
I’m giving you full permission to challenge one (or several) of your food rules this weekend. It doesn’t mean you have to give it up completely just yet, but experiment with how it feels to break a rule this weekend. It may feel scary and that’s okay. It may also feel empowering and inspire you to keep challenging the rules all week long!