Thanksgiving Binging…Get Over It!

As you may already know, it’s Thanksgiving today in the USA. For some it’s a time to share thanks with your friends and family, for some it’s a time to enjoy each others company, but for some like me, it’s a time to eat and then eat some more.

I love eating. That is why I’ve had problems with my weight. Even when I was in the best shape of my life I ate a lot. Food tastes good. Especially my grand ma’s cooking. She has that special touch that you acquire from years of cooking from memory. While I won’t be with her this year, I will definitely be thinking of her food. This year we are driving up to Fort Lauderdale to spend the next couple of days with friends. I sure hope that they can cook!

What’s my plan for eating this Thanksgiving? My plan is to eat until I don’t want to anymore. It’s simple. I keep reading about how you should not eat this or not eat that on Thanksgiving.


Eat whatever you want. Just today, not tomorrow, not the day after. Take today and let it be your cheat day. Once it’s over you get back on track with your exercise and proper eating. It’s worked for me in the past and I plan on doing the same.

There was one Thanksgiving when I hadn’t eaten all day (I was saving up for the feast later that night). By the time dinner came around I could barely eat half the plate. I was so pissed! The food was especially good that night and I was there all full.

So let’s recap:

1. Eat whatever you want, TODAY. Don’t think too much about proteins, carbs, calories, processed, unprocessed…just eat and relax. It’s your cheat day.
2. Tomorrow you get back on track. Remember, today is your cheat day. This is your one day of the week, or month, to let loose and feast. Unleash that beast within!
3. Done. Gobble, gobble.

Happy Thanksgiving!

About the Author

My name is Israel Lagares. I used to be the kind of guy that was always in shape, but over the last few years I've fallen off tremendously. This site is my final attempt to get back into shape. So far I've lost 70.4 lbs. Check out my weight loss chart, weight loss videos and progress pics. Follow my journey, those of others, and read our thoughts on various health topics. Share your thoughts, experience, and journey here on FMU.

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  1. Andrew RNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Israel,

    I”m a big fan of cheat days, so I concur!! Great advice and Happy Thanksgiving!

    All the Best,

    Andrew R

  2. Strong OneNo Gravatar says:

    Have a great Thanksgiving my friend.

  3. Vic MagaryNo Gravatar says:

    Great post Israel! I also recommended to my readers that they eat what they want on Thanksgiving. Great minds think alike. πŸ™‚
    Take care,

  4. AirexNo Gravatar says:

    I dont know whether to be relieved or laugh!

    That was a great post! You are so right, I mean I dont get it when people keep planning and counting calories days ahead of time and then ending up feeling all depressed about it!

    πŸ˜€ Its just one day!

  5. One day is probably not a big issue if you manage to keep it to one day only.

    Good luck

  6. Morgan KelpsNo Gravatar says:

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  7. EricaNo Gravatar says:

    I love your attitude! It really is nice to find someone who is “real” about diet and weight loss! I’m sorry your Thanksgiving food was a disappointment! Doesn’t seem right, does it? Well, Christmas is just around the corner! Maybe you can make up for it then! Take Care!

  8. Acai MaxxNo Gravatar says:

    I totally agree with you. There should be so called “cheat” days when you should eat whatever you want. But I guess the hardest part is to keep your promise and cheat only for one day, not more.

  9. julieNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t believe in cheat days, I don’t like to think of it as a game that needs “cheating”, maybe I’m a little loose on the rules all the time. As for Thanksgiving, I ate all I wanted and more, could not have done it the next day. I don’t think my appetite came back until Sunday, I was so full.

  10. RogerNo Gravatar says:

    Haha. I also eat so much in Thanksgiving Day.

  11. Review DietsNo Gravatar says:

    LOL! It’s always exciting to cheat on a diet plan even just for once. You can always go back to the program later on.

  12. SuzyJonesNo Gravatar says:

    Well I guess there’s nothing wrong if you cheat for just one day, i think it’s not a big deal at all.

  13. Amm.. that could work, but i basicly would rather
    eat some diet food until dinner.. some people just will eat
    and go bad.. they will eat amount of food that you can eat in a week, for them, i suggest not to do as told. but to the people who can eat as much as they need, and not as much as they want.

    dont hear me wrong, i am with you with this, but in 1 case, eat as much NEEDED and not as much as WANTED.


  14. Tom RooneyNo Gravatar says:


    I’m not sure I agree with the “cheat day”. I just think you should just eat in moderation and enjoy different items throughout the year.

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

  15. EdNo Gravatar says:

    Yea I totally agree with the odd cheat day once in a while, but as some of you have said, you have got to have just the one cheat day , and not let it turn into a cheat week or even month. Because all of your hard work will be down the pan.

  16. DonutguyNo Gravatar says:

    You didn’t eat all day, and then you couldn’t finish? That’s strange. Usually when my dad goes to a buffet with me, I don’t eat all day, then end up eating so much I can barely stand up (which isn’t much, since I’m only 215 lbs). Maybe I just work differently or something.

  17. Steven SteinNo Gravatar says:

    My biggest problem is eating when I’m tired for comfort and eating at night. I get up in the middle of the night and eat all the time. I eat completely for emotional reasons. I want comfort. The problem is that I’m getting fat in the process.

  18. Adam PerezNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Israel!

    I came across this blog post. I have been starting to read your blog posts from the past weeks. It gives me a lot of insights on my health and fitness. Congrats!

    Anyway, Christmas is fast approaching! Any new thoughts and advice on this?


  19. well a great thanks for your idea. oh yes Happy thanksgivings to all of you all of you. I did not plan any thing for thanksgiving day. This is good post too.

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