Today I’m sharing 6 tips to keep your vibe high this Thanksgiving. These tips are meant to empower you to keep your mood and your energy steady, right through the Thanksgiving Day feast, and beyond.
Just like the rest of my content, these tips aren’t around one specific diet or way of eating. These tips are centered around tuning into yourself more, tuning into your body and the signals it gives you when you listen closely, tuning into what your relationships are telling you, what your conversations, your energy, your feelings, etc are all telling you.
This is a more mind/body/soul way to connect with your health and well being this holiday season.
6 tips to keep your vibe high this Thanksgiving
1. Move your body | But not because you’re planning to mow down the buffet table at Thanksgiving and eat four pieces of your favorite pie and you’re feeling guilty in advance. Move your body because it’s what feels good. Move to work any nervous energy, stress, or anxiety through and out of your body. Move to settle your emotions before you walk into the family event. You’ll get there feeling calmer, less anxious, and more in control of yourself and your emotions. Is there anything that feels better than that? I don’t think there is.
2. Bring your own dish (or two) | If you feel better eating a certain way or steering clear of certain foods, be sure to bring your own dish(es) to the meal. The host will be appreciative, and this way you know you’ll have an option or two that you can build your plate around. For example, my digestion feels best when I steer clear of animal proteins (they’re harder for me to digest). So, I’m bringing my Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole (an updated classic!) and a side of maple roasted brussels sprouts to my family’s feast. I also volunteered to make the pecan pie, and I don’t think a single person in my family will even know that it’s egg free.
3. Water, water, water | I know, you may roll your eyes at this one because it’s such a no brainer. But I always say the easiest thing to do is the easiest thing not to do. It’s simple yes, but many of us forget to do it. I keep track of my water intake on a daily basis, and for me, Thanksgiving Day is no different. The water keeps you hydrated obviously, but it will also help clear your body of any processed foods, additives, and sodium in the food, and it will help your body to recover more quickly the following day.
4. Focus on the people | How can we take the focus off the food at a holiday meal? My strategy is to go into the event with the intention of catching up on other people’s lives and to ask other people as many questions as I can to keep conversation flowing. I love asking people about their family and friends, their work, what they’ve been doing lately for fun, what’s bringing them joy, what good books they’ve read lately. For me, when I’m focused on connecting with people, I don’t think so much about getting back into the kitchen for more food.
5. Really tune into yourself | No, really tune into yourself. Tune into how your body feels. Stay tuned into what your body will tell you, if you’ll listen. During the meal, ask yourself how you feel physically. Stay connected to your hunger and fullness cues. Be mindful of snacking before the meal. Stay with the act of eating your Thanksgiving meal. To me, there’s nothing healthy or sexy about overstuffing my body or the awful fullness and bloating that comes with overeating, and I’ve noticed that it really brings my vibe down when I do. During the meal, ask yourself if you could be satisfied with just one plate of food, a small slice of your favorite pie, a cup of tea or coffee over more conversation to complete the meal, and a walk around the block with your family or partner? Steer the focus away from the food food and more towards the soul food. In his book What Are You Hungry For, Dr. Deepak Chopra refers to this as conscious or mindful eating, which is when a person is mindful in keeping their mind-body connection intact while they’re eating. It’s not healthy for us to “numb out” when eating.
6. Don’t eat within four hours of bedtime | This one is a game changer. You’ll likely be a bit more full than usual after a big meal like Thanksgiving, but if you want to sleep well and wake up feeling refreshed and motivated to get back on track with healthy choices, don’t go to bed too full. When you eat too close to bedtime, it interferes with your sleep, which interferes with your hormones, which means you’ll wake up tired and grumpy and you’ll also be hungrier and crave more sugar due to the hormone fluctuations. I’m fortunate that my family has our Thanksgiving meal at midday, so I usually fast from the moment that meal is over until I wake up and have breakfast the next morning. I find that I feel great when I do this after a larger than usual meal.