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thanksgiving food myths
Wellness
Published Thursday Nov 14, 2019 by Mooch and Mel

4 Habits You’ll Be Thankful to Forget This Thanksgiving  

Food
Nutrition
Expert Advice

Turkey-Day-Trepidation. It’s real. Worrying the feast will derail your fitness goals, giving side dishes the side-eye, and wondering how it’ll all affect your stomach. Then, alleviating fear from these worries by vowing never to eat cookies, carbs, or canned onion strings, ever again.

Thanksgiving just so happens to be our favorite holiday of the year. Not only because it synchronizes food, family, and football, but because the energy of the day aligns with what we love. Gratitude. So let’s cut the panic that keeps us from truly enjoying this holiday. 

Carry these reminders with you to ease your worries and relish in your turkey (or tofurkey) on the big day.

Earning your food isn’t a thing.

We’re all for a Turkey Day trot, but when people hit the streets to sweat so they can “earn” their food, we cringe. Food brings a different value. Sometimes it’s to fuel, sometimes to recover; sometimes it’s to nourish, and other times it’s just to enjoy. Focus on the value of your food at any given moment and forget the idea that you have to do tricks for treats.

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Earning your food isn’t a thing.

We’re all for a Turkey Day trot, but when people hit the streets to sweat so they can “earn” their food, we cringe. Food brings a different value. Sometimes it’s to fuel, sometimes to recover; sometimes it’s to nourish, and other times it’s just to enjoy. Focus on the value of your food at any given moment and forget the idea that you have to do tricks for treats.

Turkey doesn’t make you sleepy.

When teaching about food combinations and energy related to digestion, we use Thanksgiving as the prime example. Turkey isn’t what makes you want to curl up into a ball on the couch for three days (with a slice of pie within reach, of course). The fatigue stems from the energy your body is employing to digest and break down intricate food combinations and large quantities of food. Digestion is an energy source. When we have to use massive amounts of energy to break down our food, that’s when we become sleepy.

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Turkey doesn’t make you sleepy.

When teaching about food combinations and energy related to digestion, we use Thanksgiving as the prime example. Turkey isn’t what makes you want to curl up into a ball on the couch for three days (with a slice of pie within reach, of course). The fatigue stems from the energy your body is employing to digest and break down intricate food combinations and large quantities of food. Digestion is an energy source. When we have to use massive amounts of energy to break down our food, that’s when we become sleepy.

You don’t have to start on Monday.

You don’t have to earn your food, nor do you have to “make up” for eating it. That kind of thinking can cause you to consume almost twice as much food on the holidays, which hurts your digestive system more significantly. Please do not turn to deprivation, juice cleanses, or extreme dieting to undo the holiday. Not only is that worse for your body, but it’s even worse for your mind. There is nothing wrong with choosing to enjoy your favorite foods and flavors.

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You don’t have to start on Monday.

You don’t have to earn your food, nor do you have to “make up” for eating it. That kind of thinking can cause you to consume almost twice as much food on the holidays, which hurts your digestive system more significantly. Please do not turn to deprivation, juice cleanses, or extreme dieting to undo the holiday. Not only is that worse for your body, but it’s even worse for your mind. There is nothing wrong with choosing to enjoy your favorite foods and flavors.

Your value is not on your plate. 

If your favorite foods happen to be greener, healthier versions of traditional dishes, or simple meals lacking in decadence, that’s fine, too. When someone takes it personally that you won’t eat the same things as them, remember that you aren’t responsible for anyone’s health and happiness but your own. The bottom line: your value is not on your plate. And you don’t need to prove your value by filling, or not filling, your plate with certain foods.

Remember, the best part of the holiday season is the connections you make. Make eye contact, listen to others, and tell people you love them. Be present, be grateful, and know that food is a way to connect and celebrate no matter its form.

Change your thinking to toss the trepidations, and truly enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Your value is not on your plate. 

If your favorite foods happen to be greener, healthier versions of traditional dishes, or simple meals lacking in decadence, that’s fine, too. When someone takes it personally that you won’t eat the same things as them, remember that you aren’t responsible for anyone’s health and happiness but your own. The bottom line: your value is not on your plate. And you don’t need to prove your value by filling, or not filling, your plate with certain foods.

Remember, the best part of the holiday season is the connections you make. Make eye contact, listen to others, and tell people you love them. Be present, be grateful, and know that food is a way to connect and celebrate no matter its form.

Change your thinking to toss the trepidations, and truly enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

Mooch & Mel - MINDBODY
Written by
Mooch and Mel
Co-owners | Move With MM
About the author
A finalist in America's Most Inspiring Trainer, Mooch is a nutrition nut and personal trainer in bootcamp and cycling classes. Mel, a yoga instructor, life coach, and gut health educator, loves guiding others to overcome anxiety and feel more energized. Together, they bring a balance of compassion and tough love to help busy women who feel stuck, move!
what is wellness
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.