Of all of the crazy holidays the United States appears to celebrate every year—Arbor Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Bring Your Own Cup Day at 7/11—Thanksgiving is perhaps the only holiday where you are required to focus on the food. Sure, Halloween has its candy, Fourth of July has its barbeques, but Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is almost entirely focused on you sitting around a table with your family and/or friends to eat for an extended length of time, as well as eat a lot of foods you don’t normally eat.
Thanksgiving has a ton of amazing foods—stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, creamy mashed potatoes, pumpkin or pecan pie, ooey gooey mac and cheese, hot crescent rolls—basically every food you would ever eat in the afterlife, because you’ve been conditioned to not eat them constantly now.
Yet, why exactly are we conditioned not to eat these foods?
Sure, they are full of fat and carbohydrates and usually grease, but in moderation, are they really that bad? Do we really need all of these articles about how to to avoid gaining five pounds in one day, or how you should workout after Thanksgiving dinner’s done? Even Beachbody, one of these writer’s favorite fitness websites/organizations, sent out an email to members at the beginning of this past week to offer a three-day cleanse for “prepping” your body before the holiday. Really, Beachbody—was that really necessary?
No, it wasn’t. And here’s why.
It’s literally one day.
One day of the entire year.
There are 364 other days in the year for you to eat like the god or goddess you are—Thanksgiving is the one day you’re able to let that inner ogre out to play.
So who cares if you pour a ton of dripping hot gravy on your aunt’s mashed potatoes? Who cares if you’re only interested in the marshmallows on top of the sweet potato casserole? Who cares if your only interest in dessert is for the homemade whipped cream (as this writer’s was, and always will be)?
You shouldn’t spend the other 364 days a year stressing out about this one day. Hell, you shouldn’t spend the week before or after stressing about this day. Don’t waste your time or money on a cleanse to prepare or “restore” your body before or after Thanksgiving. Your body is amazing regardless of what you ate or how much you ate on this food-centralized holiday.
Now, stop fretting about how you’re going to finish all of those leftovers and just make sure not to eat all of them in one sitting. You’ve got this—don’t let the haters get you down.
As always, stay healthy and happy!