When we eat too much on Thanksgiving, many of us indulge in a post-Thanksgiving workout to burn off all those extra calories - a workout that involves a lot of pain, sweat, and grimacing. We do this because we think it'll keep us from gaining weight this holiday season.
It doesn't work that way. In fact, when we punish ourselves for "being bad," (read: eating lots of turkey and potatoes and gravy), we don't change - we keep the "bad" behavior going.
I'm speaking from experience. For nearly 20 years, I was a binge eater. Whenever I overate, I'd punish myself the next day by overexercising, skipping meals, or fasting. In effect, I'd say to myself, "No kindness for you, missy, until you make up for all the bad things you did yesterday." It was cruel and mean and felt horrible.
So when my yoga studio invited me to a "burn the bird" class this week, I declined. When I hear about how we need to work out really hard on Friday to "make up" for our Thanksgiving indulgence, I say,Read More »from 3 Radical Things to Do If You Eat Too Much on Thanksgiving