Our Thanksgiving day was peaceful, happy, and yummy. I hope yours was as well.
Family time for us is always casual and relaxed. I wore straight leg dark wash jeans by NYDJ (Sheri Slim) with a gray and white polka dot Portofino shirt from Express. The shirt is half-tucked in the front. Otherwise, it and the cardigan were the same lengths. The J.Jill cashmere cardigan is from a couple of years ago. The shoes were by Marc Fisher last year. I have several shoes and boots from this company, and I am always happy with the comfort and quality.
My makeup is a lightly applied eight-minute version, with no foundation, and the hair is wash and go. The eye makeup is from the Smoky Eye Trio kit from Beautycounter. I use these three items, plus a brow pencil, lip color, and a bit of blush, to do my whole casual daily face. (I am a senior consultant at Beautycounter. You can visit my site here.)
This week, I received several questions about how I deal with holiday eating and all the special events we attend where food is in abundance. I view food as fuel and don’t need to be reminded how awful I feel if I eat creamy sauces, fried foods, or drink two glasses of wine instead of one occasionally. Cheese trays and other holiday treats do not tempt me because I don’t give them the power.
My focus is always on visiting with the other guests and enjoying the time together. I put a small amount of the foods I would like to try on my plate (think vegetables, salad, or fruit). I eat slowly, put my fork down between small bites, chew thoroughly, sip water, engage in conversation, and enjoy the time together. (You may know someone who focuses only on getting all that food cleaned off their plate so that they can go back and get more.) I choose the least processed foods in small quantities and do not make it a practice to have seconds. I no longer gain weight over the holidays or experience the uncomfortable bloated feeling. Headaches are now a rarity for me. One of the only things we can control in life is what we eat and how much. My reward for being mindful of what and how much I eat is a healthy body that stays about the same size all year round.