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The great Thanksgiving food coma

There really can be too much of a good thing. And too much turkey seems to go hand-in-hand with the Thanksgiving holiday.

Or so you’ve been lead to believe.

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I want you to picture this with me.

You’ve been waiting all year for the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you’re the one preparing all of it, part of it, or none of it, you eagerly anticipate the meal time. When the food is hot and ready to serve, you grab a plate and fill it up with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole. You slowly – or not so slowly – begin to devour it.

Because the food is SO good, you go back for more. At least more turkey and stuffing. Maybe some mashed potatoes and gravy. While all that settles in and digests, you help clean up in preparation for round two: dessert.

Out comes the apple pie, the pumpkin pie, the cookies, the chocolate pie… and whatever other dessert is tradition for your family. You can’t choose between them all so you decide to take a small bite of everything.

Before you know it, you’re unbuttoning your pants, sitting back in a recliner, and saying that after eating all that turkey, it’s time for a nap.

But is it really the turkey putting you to sleep? Maybe not so.

Instead, you should be pointing a finger at all those carbs! Yes, the mashed potatoes, the gravy, the pies.

Check out this post by Ellie Krieger to learn why you shouldn’t blame the turkey.

And let’s be real for a minute here. You’re not fooling anyone by having a “small piece” of each dessert. No doubt all those small pieces add up to quite a bit more than one normal-size serving of one dessert.

If you want to get through the holidays guilt-free, check out the tips I shared here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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