Worried about eating too much on Thanksgiving? That worry can not only ruin your holiday, it can cause you to overeat! Let’s deal with it now so you can truly enjoy yourself this week.

What’s there to worry about anyway?

  • Food is the focus
  • A tradition of stuffing ourselves
  • Relationships that can be complicated
  • Memories of past holidays
  • Leftovers …

It’s a minefield of eating triggers and emotional challenges! To be honest, we’re not going to solve everything in a few days. However, you CAN chart a course now to help you navigate the minefield joyfully, so that come Monday, you will not only feel proud of yourself, you’ll have better memories to look back on. Instead of worry, establish 3 powerful intentions:

1. Worry is based on past experience, and you are free to decide right now that this holiday will be all new: What does the Thanksgiving holiday mean to you? Is it just about food and overeating, being with family and friends? What’s the bigger meaning? How do you want to show up?

Thanksgiving is about gratitude. Do you have a roof over your head? Do you have running water? Enough to eat? Where did this food come from anyway? Think of all the people and creatures who contributed to bring you each meal and the things that make up your world. Whenever you think about food with worry or when things get tense, remind yourself to be grateful. Gratitude helps ease the urge to eat more than you need to.

2. What does Thanksgiving food mean to you? We all have an emotional relationship with food and our traditions carry layers of meaning, tapping into deep feelings. Right now, think about what will be on your Thanksgiving table and what that means to you. What memories are associated with it? Take three deep breaths and be present to whatever comes up, whether it’s positive or negative. If it’s something negative, ask yourself if that’s what you want it to mean or if there’s a positive association you’d rather give it. It’s up to you! Set an intention that during holiday meals you will pause and recall the positive meanings you choose to give these foods. And if negative feelings arise, make room for them to flow through instead of fighting them.

3. Combine Awareness and Gratitude with Pleasure. When you really savor your food, by paying attention and enjoying it thoroughly, you’ll find that you don’t need to overeat to be satisfied. Take in the colors and aromas, roll each bite around your mouth and chew slowly. Notice the texture, the subtle flavors. Be determined to get every ounce of pleasure out of each bite. You’ll eat less and enjoy it more!

Still worried you’ll overeat? There’s help: Click here to download the Holiday Eating Survival Guide—6 Simple Steps to Keep Pounds Off While You Enjoy Yourself.