I didn’t blow-up from guilt-riddled over consumption on Thanksgiving.
In November of 1680, the Mayflower anchored at Plymouth, Massachusetts. They had left Plymouth, England 66 days earlier, but stayed on the ship for lack of shelter in the harsh New England winter. Half of the travelers were dead by spring 1681. The survivors moved off the ship. At least 3 different area native tribes showed up to teach the new arrivals how to survive. When the Fall harvest came, the Wampanoag tribe celebrated with these Pilgrims in harmony. The modern celebration is something different from that. My people would gather as a feast was purchased, prepared, and consumed. Harmony was in short supply. Grandma and her minions would be offended if I didn’t go back for more food several times, so I did. It is part of my creeping obesity and my gift for being guilted into whatever is on the menu.
I no longer eat out of guilt or to survive. The Native Americans no longer help the Pilgrims except by providing gambling therapy.
There is a plan for the rest of the Holidays and beyond. Here are the eating plan tips.
6 Tricks or tips for the healthy survival of the Holidays
- Eat a vegetable or fruit with everything, remember healthy eating habits.
- Make the meal plate 3/4th vegetables and 1/4th the protein.
- Do cardio on feast days, it will aid digestion.
- Drink water before and during the meal.
- Enjoy the celebration, everything in moderation including moderation.
- Remember to be Thankful all the time.
Here are The 5 Worst things you can do (paraphrased from To Your Health)
- Not sticking to a schedule. Daily workout plan and general mealtime plan.
- Telling yourself you’ve earned it. Bad eating habits are habits. Make good choices.
- Falling prey to the blues. Seasonal depression and poor eating habits can go hand in hand.
- Doing the same old thing, it is time to mix up your exercise plan to revitalize your system. Variety is the spice of life.
- Looking ahead. Looking too far into the future in a negative way leads back to # 3.
I no longer eat out of guilt or to survive, food is everywhere. There is no shortage. I eat things that I choose to eat. Meals are an opportunity for a healthy choice. I choose fresh, in season, local food when I can. I avoid fast food, processed food, and chemistry set products when I can. The choice is mine. It is yours too.