According to Wikipedia, “Thanksgiving began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.”
So…from the very beginning, the celebration of Thanksgiving has had a strong connection to food. We are no longer as dependent upon the “harvest” as we can now gather all the goodies for our tables at a variety of grocery stores down the street. We have an abundance of menu choices to share, enjoy, and give thanks for with our loved ones. This can lead to overindulgence and weight gain if we continue this path through the New Year. In fact, the average American gains 7-12 pounds between Halloween and New Year’s Day.
Let us help you take control this year. Just stuff the turkey…not yourself!
* Start your Thanksgiving morning with a 90 minute MAC Attack class at 8:45 a.m. or a 90 minute dance class at 10 a.m.
* If you can’t get away for a class, take a walk with your family, throw the football around or have a family dance party in the kitchen.
* Eat a healthy breakfast (so that you’re not “starving” when the table is full of Thanksgiving goodies).
* Hydrate! Drink your water.
* Use smaller plates.
* Enjoy yourself! Find a balance that feels right both physically and mentally. Don’t let the numbers, rules, “shoulds” or guilt dictate your choices. Enjoy the harvest. If you goof a little, just get right back on track!
Saying “thank you” or other acts of gratitude can provide an immediate and sustained boost of happiness, according to researcher Martin Seligman, Ph.D., Director of The Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Scientists Robert Emmons, from the University of California, Davis, and Michael McCullough, from the University of Wharton, also found that, “people who say ‘thank you’ and express gratitude, get a pervasive and long lasting mood boost.” Further, Emmons and McCullough say that “people who say ‘thanks’ were shown to begin exercising an additional hour and a half each week, and experienced fewer symptoms of physical illness.”
This Thanksgiving, we at the MAC want to wish you health and happiness, as well as take the opportunity to THANK each and every one of you! We are truly grateful to celebrate the blessing of the harvest with you all year round!
Photo Credit: Town and Country Magazine