Have a Non-Guilty Post-Thanksgiving Day

26 Nov

[my sister and I dressed up as Santa’s elves for the Turkey trot]

Welp, Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful day with your family and friends, and stuffed yourself as much as I did. I have to say the one thing I love most about Thanksgiving (other than being surrounded with my family for the entire day) is enjoying food I only get to eat once a year. Some of my favorites include my aunt Terry’s broccoli casserole (so cheesy & savory), my dad’s turkey (always perfectly moist & flavorful) and the assortment of desserts (think: massive chocolate chip cookies, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, and pumpkin pie galore). Food as good as this only comes by once a year, so you bet your healthy butt I am going to indulge, and indulge I did. 

So don’t you dare feel guilty about eating a pound of mashed potatoes, three servings of grandma’s stuffing and one too many pieces of apple pie. Don’t feel ashamed if you had to unzip your jeans before dinner was over (I wore leggings to avoid that) or change into sweatpants while guests were still over (totally did that). It’s Thanksgiving and it’s one freakin’ day of not eating perfectly, so eat it up- literally. 

If you’re like me, you eat healthy, nutritious and clean 98% of the time, so you deserve a little wiggle room for days such as this. Along with Thanksgiving comes birthdays, terrible breakups, Christmas, summer BBQs, and bad days. It’s healthy and normal to eat a little bit unhealthy or non-perfect at times. We are only human after all! So save the guilt and go out and shop your little heart away this Black Friday – you’ll burn calories and find something else to feel guilty about (i.e. those $200 pair of shoes). But either way, you deserve it!

What were your favorite indulgences yesterday? 


7 Responses to “Have a Non-Guilty Post-Thanksgiving Day”

  1. Allie @ Healthy Balance, Healthy Life November 26, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    The pumpkin pie with ginger streusel topping I made! It’s a delicious recipe from bon appetit 1994 and it’s become a tradition in my family for my mom and I to make it every year. It’s so rich that I’m good for sweets for a week now (we both know that’s totally not true) 🙂

    If you love pumpkin pie, the link to the recipe is here: http://healthybalance-healthylife.com/turkey-day-2010/


    • healthychicks November 27, 2010 at 9:07 am #

      Thanks Allie! That sounds absolutely delicious, I am going to look up the recipe right now. That’s great that it’s been a family tradition for so long for you…gotta love those recipes that come back every year!

  2. Christal Espelage November 26, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    My grandma’s peanut butter fudge! I look forward to it every year! I went for an early morning run to make sure I exercised for the day though. After dinner there’s no motivation!

    • healthychicks November 27, 2010 at 9:06 am #

      OH YUM! My mom makes these delicious peanut butter squares (similar to fudge) around the holidays and they are just to-die-for! Good job on going for a run, looks like you had the same mindset as I had : )

  3. Jenny Jen November 26, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    Your leggings comment made me laugh. It reminds me of that ‘Friends’ episode where Joey wears maternity pants to Thanksgiving dinner at Monica’s so he wouldn’t have to worry about that needing to un-do the buttons problem. Classic. Glad you enjoyed and aren’t giving yourself a hard time. That’s more destructive to your health than eating poorly is.

    • healthychicks November 27, 2010 at 9:05 am #

      HAHAA I LOVE that episode on Friends. That’s exactly how I was : ) And I couldn’t agree with you more!

  4. jsutera654 November 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    AMEN sista!! I’m so with you – it’s only once per year you get to eat those special treats, so don’t feel badly, enjoy them and move on to “back to normal” eating the next day. It won’t kill ya, and you’ll be happier without feeling deprived or guilt-ridden after the fact, right??

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