Thanksgiving is next week and it's almost mandatory to overeat. I am not going to say anything negative about that because I think its OK. There is a part of many diets nowadays that recommends a cheat day. A cheat day is a day where you break your diet and eat the way you really want to eat, to enjoy it, to celebrate that you did so well sticking to your diet for six days in a row. To me this makes sense because eating is something that contributes a good amount to our happiness. If we are trying to lose weight then we have to make sacrifices, just like with any goal that doesn't come easy. But if you never get a break from that sacrifice then it will wear you down and you will most likely quit (unless you have amazing willpower). One thing about most Americans is that we want immediate or near immediate results from our actions. But diets take time. It takes time to change the composition of your body. It doesn't, cannot, happen overnight. It is best to learn to be patient with ourselves and the process and try not to get discouraged if we stray from the path. So eat as much as you want for Thanksgiving, because one day does not make or break a diet.
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Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond