Thanksgiving is over, but I'm still recovering. Anyone else?
Don't get me wrong, I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones, but from cooking to cleaning – I'm ready to really relax this weekend!
Although my Thanksgiving was only with two other people, it took a lot from my social battery as well.
I'm not used to hosting and entertaining since the pandemic has kept us separated for so long, so it was like exercising a muscle I haven't used in a while.
Even though I'm worn out, it's a good, happy kind of exhaustion. Getting to share the holiday with those closest to me meant so much – and our little feast turned out pretty well too, if I do say so myself!
We also made sure to have some other fun with board games and movie nights. So not only is my tummy happy and full (thanks to Turkey Day leftovers), so is my heart.
'Overindulged' at your Thanksgiving dinner? Here's why it isn't a big deal.
Thanksgiving dinner is that time of year that people worry about their food intake.
But does feasting during your holiday meal make a big difference for your body? According to experts, not really.
"It isn't that big of a deal over the long term for most people. Research suggests that it's the behaviors you sustain over time – so think weeks, months, years – that are going to have big impacts on your life and your health as opposed to focusing in on just one day or even one meal within a day," says Dr. Rachelle Reed, senior director of health science and research for Orangetheory Fitness.
This is because an isolated event, like a big holiday meal, isn't likely to disrupt our body's composition, which does a good job at maintaining itself, explains Evan Matthews, associate professor of exercise science and physical education at Montclair State University.
"We don't gain fat quickly, and we don't lose fat quickly... The things that are going to most impact your body composition are going to be lifestyle," he says. "If you only over-consume here or there at special events, it's unlikely that it's going to make a dramatic impact on your weight."
While eating more than usual during a holiday meal might be enjoyable for some, not everyone has the same relationship with food. For people who struggle with eating disorders, even the word "overindulging" can be triggering since it puts a "moral value on the amount of food that's being consumed," explains Chelsea M. Kronengold, communications lead at the National Eating Disorders Association.
"Just the thought of food-focused holidays can be overwhelming and cause anxiety for people that are struggling with eating disorders," she says. "Unfortunately, diet culture is rampant during Thanksgiving and other food-focused holidays."
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If you or a loved one is struggling with food and body image concerns this Thanksgiving, know that you're not alone. For 24/7 crisis support, text "NEDA" to 741-741.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Still recovering from Thanksgiving? Me too.