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Editor's Note: This article was originally posted on the Women's Voices for Change (WVFC) website, and can be found here.
It’s that time of year again, with Thanksgiving upon us. It feels like just yesterday that my patients were complaining that they always gain weight around the holidays. What is it about the holidays that cause so many people to forget about their health and begin the weeks of over indulgence?
Let’s be realistic. Thanksgiving is a day, a single day — not a weekend, not a week, not many weeks until New Year’s. I tell my patients: enjoy the day, enjoy the food.
But don’t create a diet disaster when there doesn’t have to be one. Don’t create excuse after excuse of why overeating became your focus and you stopped taking care of yourself until January 1st rolled around.
Here are some tips on how to approach T-Day:
When all is said and done, the bottom line is: Enjoy the day. But no excuses on Monday that you think you gained weight because you forgot about your health. Remember, we always have choices–and a healthier Thanksgiving is a choice you can make. Happy holiday!
Keri Gans is a Registered Dietitian in private practice in Manhattan. She is a Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (ADA), an ADA Delegate for NY State, and a Past President of the New York State Dietetic Association. She is also a member of the WVFC Medical Advisory Board. Her book, The Small Change Diet, will be available in Spring 2011.