Is it truly possible to get through a holiday without exhausting yourself, and triggering a flare?
Let’s figure out a way of enjoying Thanksgiving in spite of FMS this year, shall we? Okay, ‘2 days after’ (you know what I’m referring to). I refuse to even mention it here. I am simply done talking/reading/fuming/arguing/laughing/crying/cheering/vomiting ect. about it. Don’t wanna hear it.
Now that I’ve mentioned the unmetionable, let’s have a little FUN….hmmm? So, it’s no secret that I LOVE the months of Oct-Dec. And we’re about to come upon the second ‘Trifecta Holiday Organza’ of the year…THANKSGIVING! Now, don’t groan (I heard you)! We can do this! What’s more, we can enjoy ourselves, and have fun at the same time.
5 Tips For Enjoying Thanksgiving In Spite Of FMS
Share The Load ~ DO NOT make the meal all by yourself! ‘Pot Luck’ it up! I’m sure someone else can make the mashed potatoes/green bean casserole/rolls ect. besides you. I’m as guilty as anyone else of trying to do everything myself. Or better yet, go to someone else’s house!
Prepare The Troops In Advance ~ Write out your menu. Is there anything that can be made or stored in advance? On the days leading up to Thanksgiving you can find me; opening olives, plating relish, making stuffing ect. Everything that gets made and/or opened in advance simply gets a plastic wrap, and goes into the fridge until it is ready to use. In fact, some things like stuffing and salads, taste even better marinating in the ice box for a short time.
Oh The Joys Of Alcohol! ~ You may or may not drink. If you do, keep it limited to wine spritzers (heavy on the spritz), or some other kind of drink mixed with club soda. This allows you to sip without piling on too many more calories to an already ‘carb heavy’ day. Drink PLENTY of water! It’s the dehydration that causes all of alcohol’s nasty side effects.
Pace Thyself! ~ Look, I have about 9 house projects I would love to have finished by that Thursday. Realistically, I’ve had to whittle that down to about 4. Is it my ideal? No. On the other hand, it does take a mental weight off of my shoulders knowing that I have fewer items to tackle on my list. This applies to any number of tasks coming up in the next few weeks; cleaning, cooking, yard work, ect. It truly is OK not to get everything done. A ‘job well done’ with the ability to continue to function into December, is far better than a unobtainable ‘pursuit of perfection’ that will throw you into a state of fatigued pain for the rest of the festive season.
Putting ‘Perspective’ In Perspective ~ Focus on what there is to truly be thankful for. The bad stuff will aways around, but it seems to be true that those ‘things of genuine value’ are the ones that leave us all too soon. So, pay attention to the ‘fleeting treasures’ around you this Thanksgiving. In doing so, we just may find that our FMS takes the backseat where it belongs!