By Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist
Here in the US our traditional holiday, Thanksgiving, is just around the corner (Thursday, November 24th). Like many holidays, this special day revolves around food, family, eating extra large portions, and sitting down hanging out or watching sports. Which foods come to mind? Turkey, Pie, Mashed Potatoes – not exactly Reboot friendly fare!
Here are some ideas to make the most of this holiday while sticking to your health and wellness goals. For those of you in the midst of your Reboot as well as anyone transitioning into or out of a Reboot program, this post is for you. Most importantly, I’d like to spend a moment remembering what this holiday is truly about; being thankful and sharing our gratitude with others.
Let’s talk turkey first! How you choose to spend your Thanksgiving holiday is a deeply personal decision. What you choose to eat is too. There are no hard and fast rules, but here are some helpful guidelines.
If you decide to eat some turkey, marshmallow topped sweet potatoes or another non-Reboot food, don’t fret. You can get right back to your Reboot the next morning or better yet later that night. Do your best to exercise self-compassion and remember that straying from the path is a normal part of being human. We will welcome you back with open arms. No judgment, no matter what! Having said that, it is a very real possibility that you may feel sick if you having been drinking just juice and then splurge on a turkey dinner.
If you are ending your Juice Reboot before Thanksgiving and can spend some time integrating veggie soups, blends/smoothies, salads, steamed veggies, etc. you will have more leeway with what you eat during the holiday meal. Meaning that if you keep portions of sugary, fat-filled dishes small and drink lots of water you may not have as much digestive upset or headache compared to going from several days of just juice into a full spread of holiday foods.
Here are some tips to boost your resilience and make choices you will feel good about:
How do you plan to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this year? What are you thankful for in 2011? We’d love to hear from you!
I’d like to share what I am thankful for this year. Firstly, to you for taking the time to read my posts 🙂 I have been so inspired by our diverse Reboot community and truly thankful for the opportunity to work with each of you. From all over the world, you have shared your stories of triumph and struggle and what has brought you to juicing and the quest for a healthier life. Thank you for having the willingness and courage to share your personal journeys. It makes a difference.
I am thankful that my family is healthy and happy – my two sons, Cooper (6) and Dillon (2), my loving and supportive husband, Russ, and our 3 sweet dogs. I am blessed my parents, sister and in-law family are well. We have a new niece born November 11th!
I am thankful to work with the amazing team of dedicated, intelligent and passionate Reboot team members. A huge thank you to Joe Cross for getting the world into juicing, vegetables, and for giving so many people the inspiration and confidence to make better health a reality in our everyday lives.
I am thankful for the privilege of working with incredible colleagues and patients at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. My patients remind me how precious life is, how life can change in just a moment, for any of us, and that the way we go about caring for ourselves and each other matters more than the results.
Most of all, I am just so grateful for this moment.
Sending warm wishes to all of you,