The next five weeks are filled with so much holiday cheer that many of us feel a lot of stress. Between the end of November and January 1, there are loads of holidays to celebrate and food and drink to have. Starting this week with Thanksgiving meals laden with butter, and racing straight through to New Year’s Eve filled with Champagne and finger foods, many of us feel real pressure not to overdo it over the holidays. But we’re here to tell you exactly how to stop worrying about all those calories and indulgences this week, and enjoy guilt-free eating over Thanksgiving.

Three generations of women cooking together in kitchen

Step one: Stop thinking that how much or how little you eat has any bearing on how great of a person you are. No, seriously. We all have hang ups and often worry about our food intake, but we wanted to take this time to remind you that your worth is not wrapped up in the fact that you ate an entire turkey drumstick or had a second helping of Ambrosia salad. Maybe you had that extra glass of red wine or leftover pumpkin pie for breakfast. That doesn’t make you a bad person, nor should you feel guilty.

Step two: Go back and read step one again.

That’s it. The most important thing to remember this Thanksgiving, and all year, really, is that you should continue to do you, and if that means that you’re eating a vegetarian holiday feast, or roasting a 30-pound bird for your family, that what you put into your mouth shouldn’t make you feel guilty, but be grateful for all that you have.

And isn’t that the truest meaning of any holiday gathering?

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