We all have so much to be thankful for and this is the perfect time of the year to reflect and to share why we are thankful with others. What are you thankful for? I encourage you to express your thankfulness...every day! A quick, “thank you for always being there for me,” “thank you for taking out the trash,” “thank you for driving me to work…” whatever it is, could be what a friend or family member needs to hear in order to feel appreciated. Take note of the little things!
The Thanksgiving season is always a fun time to visit with friends and family, relax, catch up on sleep, maybe watch some football, and eat yummy food! All of the great food is part of the fun during the holidays, but it can be difficult to keep from overindulging. The turkey is not the only thing that is “stuffed” at Thanksgiving. I usually end up feeling pretty “stuffed” as well. This year I encourage everyone to be intentional to eat slowly (I tend to “gobble” my food down real fast when I am distracted by all of the fun conversations) and really enjoy all of the different flavors. Focus on what your body is telling you and stop eating when you are almost full. Then enjoy the leftovers later on! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has an article on www.eatright.org called, “5 Tips for Enjoying the Holiday Without Gaining Weight.” The author talks about portions of food at meals, the importance of movement, and several other helpful strategies!
Besides spending quality time with my family and friends, eating delicious food, and catching up on some much-needed sleep, I am planning on getting my materials together for applying to internships. I have been so busy this semester, but I made a checklist of what I needed to do and then started working on it. I went to both the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Dietetic Internship Open Houses last week and LOVED them. Participating in these Open Houses really got me excited for the future and gave me some motivation to finish out the semester on a strong note. We only have a few more weeks of school left! We can do it!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving break!