The holidays are a time for hanging out with your family and friends, celebration, and getting fat.
That being said, for a long time I lived in fear of the holidays—and all the goodies and meals they brought along with them. As someone who has struggled with binge eating, holidays where it’s socially acceptable—even celebrated—to overeat to the point of feeling sick understandably present an interesting prospect.
My memories of Thanksgivings of late are, unfortunately, a blur of bingeing and purging and making up for and making room for and obsessively worrying about food. Not exactly enjoyable!
This year, I’m going on what I’m referring the “Tour de Turkey” – three days, three turkeys, and only the strong survive. Beyond packing a pair of stretchy pants, what’s a girl to do?
Well, even though the common response to what I’m doing this weekend is “Wow, that’s a lot of food!” I’m trying to keep the focus on “Wow, that’s a lot of fun!” Besides meeting three turkeys, I’ll also be getting to see my family, heading to the fair, and spending time with Brent’s family. All of which are arguably better than pumpkin pie.
As a side note, I think there’s actually a gift in knowing that there I’ll be getting three turkey dinners in a 72 hour period. Rather than the need to stuff myself (like a turkey?) because it will be months until I’ll see another turkey dinner, I think eating to a comfortable place will be a heckuvalot easier given that I’ll be eating the same thing in a mere 24 hours. For someone who generally eats to the point where I don’t want to look at leftovers for days, this is novel—and welcome.
Thanksgivings in the past used to involve fat too much obsession—over whether or not I should eat lunch that day, over whether or not I’d done enough exercise to warrant gluttony, over whether or not I could or should eat this or that. Thanksgiving this year is going to involve (a lot of) turkey but instead of obsession, I’m subbing in relaxation and enjoyment.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
How do you handle holiday meals?