Holiday Tips
Thanksgiving is around the corner… literally.  I can already feel the heat from the oven and the smell of apples & cinnamon in the air.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  It’s a great opportunity to get together with friends and family, and chow down like there’s no tomorrow.  The problem: there will be a tomorrow.  Friday morning will come.  If you’d like to escape the weekend without too much trouble or regret, you need to plan ahead.  Now, don’t get me wrong … I’m a firm believer in “enjoying life”.  Still, it can’t hurt to live intelligently.  So, with that in mind, here are Stella’s Top 5 Tips for Making Good Decisions This Thanksgiving.  Enjoy!


1)      Eat Breakfast.

Seriously, I can’t stress this enough.  A small low-fat breakfast the morning of Thanksgiving might just be the best decision you make all day.  For one, you’ll be giving your body some energy.  Thanksgiving can be a long day: cooking, cleaning, talking with relatives, playing games, etc.  If you try to get these things done without any fuel in your system you leave yourself vulnerable to a breakdown.  Grab a slice of toast and maybe a hardboiled egg with a warm cup of coffee.  You’ll be charged up and ready to handle whatever the day has to offer.  Secondly, you’ll be sending a signal to your body.  Just because your mind is awake doesn’t mean that the rest of your body is.  Let your body know that the day has begun by giving it a little to digest.  Don’t go overboard, just enough to get the gears turning.  Lastly, and probably most importantly, you’ll be setting yourself up to make better decisions later on in the day.  If you’ve already had breakfast, maybe you won’t grab seconds or thirds of that green bean casserole.   Good decisions lead to more good decisions.

2)      Prepare.

We know we have to prepare – still, we often get lazy and assume that everything will just fall into place on its own.  Of course, that is rarely the case.  Plan ahead … and I don’t just mean with the food.  If you’re hosting, make sure you have enough chairs.  Make sure you have enough placemats and utensils.  Not hosting?  Well, you still need to plan ahead to make sure you have an appropriate side dish to bring to the party.  Don’t be that person scrambling at 11am on Thanksgiving Day trying to find an appropriate bottle of wine at the corner gas station.  Think about what you need, get it a few days in advance, and escape the inevitable Thanksgiving Bum Rush of others who didn’t.

3)      Give Yourself Time.

Let’s be real here: if you aren’t going up for seconds, you aren’t doing Thanksgiving right.  We all know that one plate of food just won’t cut it, especially when there’s football on the tube and family in your living room.  Still, why not let your body tell you when it’s ready for more.  Your eyes can deceive you.  It may all look good, sitting on the serving table, but your body may not always be ready for what you pile on your plate.  Stella’s Tip: give yourself up to a half hour after eating before deciding to go up for another round.  If you’re still hungry, by all means grab some more.  Chances are though your body will be busy digesting and uninterested in more food at that moment.  Adding more food to your stomach, before your body has been given enough time to digest what is already there, can lead to pain and discomfort.  Give your body time.  Don’t worry, the food isn’t going anywhere.

4)      Mix Family and Friends.

When traveling “home” for Thanksgiving, it is important to remember to split your time between friends and family.  The food is great, of course, but the real meaning of the holiday is togetherness.  Share some time with an old friend and an old relative.  Take your former roommate out for coffee and your grandmother out for a walk in the park.  Enjoy the time you get to share with the people you don’t see that often.  Plus, if you are welcoming someone new to your Thanksgiving party this year, make sure they feel especially welcome.  It can be hard to celebrate away from your own family, as a guest in another person’s home.  Show them that at this time of year they’re just another member of the family.

5)      Go Easy On The Alcohol

Beer and wine will most likely be flowing at your upcoming Thanksgiving get together.  Stella has always preached moderation, but we all know how hard it can be sometimes.  Just be mindful of what you put into your body.  Pace yourself throughout the evening, knowing that there will most likely be a lot to do, even after the meal is over.  With that said, don’t be afraid to share some drinks with the ones you care about.  Be careful, be safe – but make sure you have fun as well.


So, what did you think?  Were there tips that should have been included, but were left off of this list?  You know what to do…let Stella know about it!  What are some of your tips for making good decisions over the Holidays?  Share them with the community.  Happy Dating!

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