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Thanksgiving...A Time to Feast

By Samantha Hernandez--I get extremely excited around the time of Thanksgiving, for several reasons. One: food! Two: family! Three: many awesome holidays are ahead! I absolutely love food. Thanksgiving is a tie-breaker with Christmas for my favorite holiday, just because of the food alone. There’s the turkey, the mashed potatoes, the gravy, the stuffing, the sweet potato casserole, the pumpkin pie, the list goes on. Not to mention the leftovers!

It upsets me to think that people feel the need to go for “healthy choice” Thanksgiving dishes or workout plans so that they can “indulge” in whatever it is they desire on Thanksgiving. Those messages come from many places. From what I’ve read in magazines and on Pinterest posts, people limit and watch what they eat on Thanksgiving because of body image issues. My opinion? If you want to eat it, eat it! You shouldn’t have to calculate the calorie intake or skip your favorite dishes just so that you meet some daily calorie intake or avoid guilt!

I have been struggling with weight issues for some time now, so I understand those pressures. I’ve gone from a chunky little girl to an athletic health freak to a heavy college student. I’ve been through the ups and downs of weight gain and weight loss. I can even admit to an eating disorder a couple of years ago. Now that I am getting older, I’ve learned that the only person who can make me happy is me! I have to do whatever it takes to make myself happy, like working out and eating what I feel like eating and what makes my body feel good. I really don’t care what people think about me and my body image. I am happy with how I look and how I feel about myself, so haters can go ahead and hate.

You shouldn’t ever limit yourself to what you eat on Thanksgiving, and even on a daily basis. Yes, there are many foods that can contribute to health problems if you eat them in excess. But there is no point in making yourself feel bad for eating that extra slice of pumpkin pie or getting seconds or even thirds of your turkey dinner. Life is too short to miss out on the beautiful creation of delicious foods that are celebrated once a year. Happy turkey day, my friends. And please enjoy!


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