6 Post-Thanksgiving Tips for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season


I hope you enjoyed a bountiful and magnificent feast yesterday and ate until you couldn’t hold another bite! I hope you were surrounded by people you love and who love you back. I hope there was more laughter than tears, more comfort than stress, and more to be thankful for than you thought there would be going into the holiday.

So, the winter holidays are now upon us. I have a few suggestions for you to digest along with your Thanksgiving dinner. I want you to have a healthy plan for the days and weeks ahead.

Thanksgiving is a neat holiday for a few of reasons. First, we can all use a day (and preferably a long weekend) to think about things for which we are thankful. Second, it’s a day when we can put all of our guided or misguided self-imposed restrictions aside. With the injunction of tradition we are released to just eat and drink our fill solely for the purpose of pleasure. And that is a wonderful human experience! Yet, in spite of a day of sanctioned reckless gastronomic abandon, I’m betting somewhere in your holiday prayers there was something about continued good health or recovery from current health problems.

OK, that was yesterday – this is the Friday after Thanksgiving.


My question for you today is: how many days a year do you feast like you did yesterday? If it is more times a year than the number of days in a single week, it may be too many. There is nothing – nothing – wrong with feasting. It is an important and pleasurable human birthright and when a feast is called for it should be enjoyed without restraint. But feasting should not be happening on a regular basis throughout the year.

If it is it is happening too often it:

  1. has lost its specialness and
  2. will make you fat.


Fasting does not have to mean forgoing food altogether. It also means simply a comfortable restraint from food. This occurs naturally after a feast. I am encouraging you to capitalize on this as a pleasurable way to compensate for occasional over-indulgences. In doing so you can feast and fast in comfort knowing you are giving your body what it needs without abusing it.


Balance is at the core of every healthy life. This is a good time to go back and read (or re-read) my post on Balance.

6 Tips for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season

  1. Feast with pleasure.
  2. Fast with equal pleasure.
  3. Exercise every single day.
  4. Get lots of fresh air no matter what the temperature is outside.
  5. Be thankful for all blessings.
  6. Forgive all wrongs.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

This information is offered for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat. For that please seek direct care from a health professional.

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