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Enjoy Thanksgiving but Not to the Point Where You Feel Guilty

Ask anyone — even the staff here at BioDesign Wellness — if it’s okay to overindulge a bit during the holidays. Of course, it is, but notice the emphasis on a bit (it’s italicized because we feel moderation is the key to long-term happiness, especially this holiday season).

If you’re new to our functional medicine practice in Tampa, or even if you’ve been visiting our office for the last year or so, you know how much emphasis we place on maintaining healthy habits one day at a time.

Now, when we say one day at a time, you know that what we really mean is the rest of your life. But if you just say, “I’m going to make good food and exercise decisions today,” it seems a little less daunting. And then, of course, we encourage you to say the same thing tomorrow!

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In addition to listing our office hours for this year’s Thanksgiving holiday (please see below), we also offer suggestions from an earlier post — this one from over the summer — that point out specific actions you can perform that will keep you on track in your efforts to maintain a healthy gut throughout the holiday season.

Specifically, we recommend reading How to Avoid and Recover from Fourth of July Overindulgence for sound advice on moderation when it comes to the consumption of less-than-healthy food and drink items (just replace “Fourth of July” with “Thanksgiving”).

That write-up also outlines how you can easily recover any ground lost in your continuing efforts to be healthy and how to get back into a nourishing eating plan immediately after the food’s put away and the dishes are done tomorrow evening.

Meanwhile, here are our holiday hours for Thanksgiving 2018:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 21: We close up shop at 2 p.m. in order for our staff to start cooking their (mostly healthy) holiday feasts
  • Thursday, Nov. 22: Closed for Thanksgiving
  • Friday, Nov. 23: Closed
  • Saturday, Nov. 24: Closed
  • Sunday, Nov. 25: Closed
  • Monday, Nov. 26: We will reopen from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One final but most important bit of information: If you have a medical emergency between 2 p.m. today and 9 a.m. next Monday, please call 911 — not BioDesign Wellness Center.

Have a fun, fulfilling, and relatively fat-free Thanksgiving holiday!