10 Thanksgiving Survival Tips

Every Saturday morning in the WLGW program, we get together from all over the world to study God’s Word, pray, support one another, encourage one another, and hold each other accountable. It’s an amazing sisterhood.

Last Saturday on the call a few sisters shared that they had some anxiety about overeating and blowing their diet during Thanksgiving. What’s even worse is that some admitted they might not that get back on track until months into the new year, if at all!

I remember those days well. I’d gain 8-10 pounds during Christmas and it would take me until almost Spring to lose it. And so it went year after year.

I’m grateful for learning the biblical reset principles that helped me break that frustrating cycle once and for all. In addition to the Reset Strategies (exclusive member content) that they committed to practice, here are 10 other tips that that we shared on the call.

With a bit of planning and preparation you can also enjoy this season without feeling as though you’ve blown all your hard work in one day. See if you can put some of these tips into practice:

Write out a few scripture memory verses and keep them handy for when you need them. Choose scriptures that speak to your need (overcoming temptation, gluttony, anger, loneliness, overwhelmed)  For example, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Cor. 10:13

Fill half of your plate with salad leaving only half a plate for other foods.

Be prepared –spending all day in the kitchen may leave you a little stressed and you may find comfort in food. Try planning some meals in advance and freezing them.

If you’ve been invited out, bring a dish that you know is low calorie and healthy (substitute mashed cauliflower for mashed potatoes – it’s delicious and nutritious!).

Take the focus off of food and make it more about fellowship and giving thanks.

Set a firm boundary. Don’t deprive yourself but set some hard rules such as no bread, no alcohol, no seconds, only one dessert (if any).

Once you’re finished eating, get up from the table and socialize in another part of the house — don’t linger at the table.

Share the joy — allow your guests and family to take home the leftovers, especially the desserts.

Load up on your vegetables and protein and go light on the starches and fried foods.

Get accountable– we all plan to connecting again next week to make sure we get back on track.

Bonus tip– Visualize your success! Prepare your mind in advance for how you are going to handle particular social situations.

We all left our Saturday call feeling confident that we would remain within our boundaries and also feeling strengthened in the Lord.

With prayer and planning you don’t have to feel stressed about sabotaging your health goals.

If you like any of these ideas, or if you have a strategy that works for you, be sure to share it in the comments below. I would appreciate hearing from you.

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.





P.S. if you are tired of circling the same mountain over and over and want a Christ-centered approach to lasting weight loss without feeling guilty, deprived, or overwhelmed, be sure to sign up for our video course program right away at cathymorenzie.com

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Marilyn Wehrli

Thank you Cathy! I am excited about tomorrow, I am hosting so I set the menu. My extended family over eats horribly. But they are so respectful of my healthy eating and healthy lifestyle. My nieces haven’t seen me since summer…so they will see the new me tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Melissa Motes
Melissa Motes

Thanks for this Cathy – I am committed to not sabotaging my goals this year!