Not in a Thanksgiving Food Coma

I wanted to share this with you all, as I’m actually quite proud of myself. It may be a touchy subject for some, but I need to keep things real.

Last night we celebrated our Canadian Thanksgiving with friends and family. I’m not going to lie, there was a ton of yummy food on the table.

Besides the 23 pound turkey that was stuffed with two types of stuffing, we had salad and candied yams and mashed potatoes and maple bacon brussell sprouts. No one left hungry.

Normally around the holidays I try and justify the fact that I work out and train soo much to allow myself to eat and eat. Honestly I like to enjoy things in life.

I noticed the next day after a large holiday meal I’d wake up feeling bloated and gross. This basically threw all that hard work out of the window. This was a repeating cycle for many years and after a few days of holiday over eating, I’d gain five pounds. I felt very gross and didn’t like the way that I felt and looked.

This year, I decided to enjoy the food and company at dinner but eat less. I’ve been training a lot harder this year and being more mindful of what I eat. Last night I did find myself picking at the turkey skin (my favourite), and thinking about my food more. I had a small sampling of everything at the table, but this year only ate one plate of food. I woke up this morning tired (who isn’t after a huge fun gathering) but not bloated and overly full.

This is a new experience for me as food for years was comfort. Holidays meant over eating and being able to justify it. I remember enjoying the different variety of foods last night and not running to grab seconds. I am actually quite proud of myself. It’s taken years to get to this point with my eating. No one is perfect but it feels great not to feel like a sloth.

We do have a bunch of left overs, and I’m going to turn them into turkey pot pies and bone broth. I haven’t gone into my fridge once to pick at the turkey meat or to down loads of stuffing. Food isn’t a great for me, it’s fuel to keep me healthy and strong. I will stop and enjoy my food – I do train hard and will have treats but I don’t have to over eat to feel good about myself.

I wanted to be honest as we all struggle with food. I am super proud that I’m overcoming my old love affair with food and that I am starting to see my previous triggers. This didn’t happen overnight, took a very long time to get to this mentality. Just like when you train it’s one foot in front of the other, in my case it’s one bite of food at a time. I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy life and treats, but food doesn’t have to rule you.

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