This is not a typical health column about Thanksgiving eating.
A perk of being at a healthy weight or working toward optimal wellness is that you can afford now and again to indulge if you quickly get back on track.
The point is to understand when and why to indulge and, most importantly, when to stop indulging. Don't use boredom and stress as an excuse to overeat unhealthy things. However, eating a good meal as part of cultural celebrations that remind us of our blessings and serve to reward ourselves for a job well done is acceptable, when done occasionally and reasonably.
Thankgiving eating is forgivable. So is eating at a birthday, anniversary or holiday party. But no matter what the occasion, continue to drink water before eating, don't forget to exercise, eat smaller meals instead of a large one, socialize, enjoy family and watch the alcohol intake.
If you've adopted the healthy habits that are required to drop pounds, then you probably won't deviate much from them on Thanksgiving anyway.
Let's be thankful for the lives — and bodies — we have and for the opportunities to change them for the better every day.