Although everyone has their own way of handling the holidays, and even my coworkers and I all have different tips for our clients, I've always taken a very relaxed view of holiday indulgences. I figure it happens once a year, you enjoy it and then you get back to normal. Of course that doesn't mean you should stuff yourself until your jeans are popping; but if you really love pumpkin pie, then you should eat pumpkin pie! My only restriction for myself this year is that I'll be doing everything gluten-free, but that doesn't feel like a restriction to me anymore. Plus I'm lucky to have parents who will happily be gluten-free with me.
So while my job is to help people lose weight, I don't have a lot of advice for Thanksgiving. All I can tell you is to have fun and don't stress it! And most of all, enjoy being with your friends and family, and appreciate all you have to be thankful for this year.
And if all else fails, do what my coworker, Mindy, is telling everyone. Get everyone involved in a game and take the focus off the food! Try this one: Can you make a clockwise circle with your right foot and simultaneously draw a six in the air with your right hand?
On my 28th Thanksgiving, here are 28 things I'm thankful for:
- My hippie parents, who raised me to love vegetables and dislike soda.
- My big sister, who I always wanted to be just like.
- My little sister, who's wise beyond her years, and is someone I can look up to. Literally and figuratively.
- All my grandparents who made summer vacations the best times of my life.
- My cutie patootie cousins, who are some of the smartest little kids I know. Which isn't surprising, since their parents are some of the smartest adults I know.
- My boyfriend, who's been by my side through all my glutenous days of depression and mood swings.
- My mom's family day care. Growing up with toddlers running around shaped me more than I can say. I miss being around babies!
- Reconnecting with my half-sister, who's having her first baby this year!
- My new brother-in-law who makes my sister so happy!
- So many friends that I can call best friends. Ceci and Lily, I'm so glad you moved to NYC! (And a special shout-out to Nikki! Would you ever have thought on the first day of college that you'd still be friends with your college roommate almost 10 years later!? Is it really 10 years?)
- Koko, the gorilla. This might sound like a funny thing to be thankful for, but I've been donating to The Gorilla Foundation since I was little (I saved up my allowance money and my mom would write a check for me), and their newsletters have always made me happy. Plus they send me nice calendars that I can use at work!
- Learning how much better I feel gluten-free.
- My blog. I love it. It's so much fun!
- My new blogging friends! There are too many to name you all, but your comments all make my day!
- My amazing yoga teacher.
- My crazy coworkers and my awesome new boss!
- Finding peace with food. Most of the time.
- Green smoothies.
- The latest Diana Gabaldon Outlander installment. Haven't bought it yet, but I'm excited in advance!
- Nature. I don't see much of it here in the city, but when I get into the country, I'm very thankful for it!
- Gluten-free restaurants in Manhattan. Now we just have to get Brooklyn to jump on the bandwagon.
- A sense of humor in the kitchen.
- Twilight and True Blood. Yes, I admit it. I got into the vampire books/TV craze too.
- Books. Just books in general. I love to read.
- The Lloyd Alexander Prydain Chronicles. Still my favorite childhood books.
- Wonderful clients who come in with a good attitude.
- My whole big extended family, near and far! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
And happy Thanksgiving to you! What are you thankful for this year?