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Having a Healthier Thanksgiving: Advice on How to Reframe Your Attitude

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Thanksgiving kicks off a six week period that can put people in a state of anxiety about potential weight gain, loneliness, unresolved family relationships, and a generalized, “It’s the end of the year and where am I?” angst.

As individuals get overwhelmed with the demands of giving presents, travel, and social obligations, they often deflect those concerns into dysfunctional behavior.  This evidences itself in how they handle alcohol intake, eating, and their relationships.

It doesn’t have to be that way. 

While reaching out to numerous experts about the best approach for avoiding the pitfalls of the season, I connected with Dennis Grounds, a coach for both the body and the mind.  I knew I was talking with a different kind of lifestyle expert when he said, “I believe we should find a holiday in every day, not just when the media and society determines it is the time for love and gifts.”

Grounds shared insights on how to view the challenges of Thanksgiving differently, while giving me the backstory of his personal narrative.  Raised in Texas by a father who sold hunting rifles, introspection was not encouraged in his upbringing.  After receiving a degree in Exercise Physiology, Grounds began a career as a personal trainer.

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