It’s here! My favorite holiday of the year.
A day set aside to feast with family and friends and give thanks for all the good gathered over the course of a year.
Since this year Bob and I decided to host this production at our place, I needed a strategy for getting my gobble on with grace and gratitude. Keep Calm and Gobble On seems to be the best strategy so far.
Thanksgiving is the kind of food-centric holiday that could keep a Certified Eating Psychology Coach in business all year. With every imaginable issue surrounding food and nourishment having the potential to rear its ugly head at the most inopportune time, it’s good to have a plan.
Instead of dispensing advise on counting calories or carbs or suggesting you exercise til the turkeys come home like so many well-intentioned articles do at this time of year, I’m going to politely ask you to ignore those messages (since most of them lead to guilt and shame) and pay special attention to this one (since it might lead to an epiphany).
As difficult as it may be, do not numb out, check out, or let food or drink take you out of your discomfort in the moment. Stay present. Be mindful. Amazing things occur when you are aware enough to notice them.
Granted, if you are surrounded by your closest kin, you may have moments where you want to drink yourself silly or stuff your emotions like the bird you may be eating. Or you may be so tense or hyper you rush through your meal without digesting anything but the non-stop stimuli coming at you from every media outlet available.
I get it. There is a lot going on. Most of it out of your control, I might add. So please, stay calm. Relax into the wonder of it all. Or if that’s not possible, wonder how to relax into it all. Stressing out gives you indigestion at best, gas at worse. And then you’ve got a whole new family legacy to live down.
What would it be like to simply trust your body and allow your belly to inform your brain what it needs to feel truly nourished? What if you could just breathe into the meal, take your time savoring the food and the conversation, and ease into any emotionally volatile territory without full armor? What if you could acknowledge the time away from work or your daily routine, allow yourself to be interested in the people you are related to, and celebrate the sacredness of the tradition itself?
This day is different from all other Thursdays.
Not just because we are encouraged to eat more and shop more than at any other time of year. But because this is something we do in this country that unites us and reminds us we came from a collaborative crew.
The logistics and effort involved for so many people to get where they are going and have something to eat when they arrive is mind-blowing. Travelers, grocers, producers, retailers, advertisers, chefs, assistants, truck drivers, hospitality folks, entertainers, waitstaff, housekeepers, neighbors, pet-sitters, the list goes on and on.
It takes a village to get our collective gobble on. Whether that be a small one, a virtual one, or a global one, it’s all so impressive. For that village, and my tribe in particular (if you’re reading this, that means you!), I am most grateful.
I’d love to hear how you are getting your gobble on in the comments below.