Thanksgiving is the one day a year when eating is our main project. Gobble. Gobble. Gobble… the cry is not the turkey’s alone.
As we express happiness and gratitude, we concoct the most comforting, sweet, spicy, and fatty dishes. From turducken to pumpkin-chocolate cheesecake and Thanksgiving gumballs—yes, they exist—we can get elaborate. Food and gratitude interweave like harmony and melody.
Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of a season of overeating. Food and gratitude diverge and we eat for a host of reasons that do not include hunger. While feasting is good, we need to remember to temper ourselves. Food can and should be a part of celebrations. Yet the holidays often trigger or exacerbate problems like emotional eating and weight gain.
As the holidays roll in, do you eat your emotions? Are you struggling to keep the feeling of happiness and give up excess food that causes weight gain?
If you answered ‘yes,’ rest assured you are not alone. In the midst of our hustle and bustle, many Americans take to food for consolation and relief from loneliness, stress, fatigue, boredom, and anger. Food can become a reward at the end of a work day. It can take us back to a place in time.
When we develop the habit of emotional eating, we forget that food is meant to satisfy hunger and nourish our bodies. And that’s why we express gratitude in the first place. The food we have keeps us alive and healthy.
Can you recognize if you eat because you’re hungry or because you want emotional satisfaction? Here is a helpful chart:
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