Okay, so it’s a few days early for this. Unless, of course, you work in a grocery store or a department store at the mall. If that’s where you work, it’s been Thanksgiving since November 1st (or as soon as they removed the Halloween decorations).

Not to put a damper on your Thanksgiving Day feast and celebrations, but it’s a good opportunity to point out how we can associate good times with family and friends with – yes, food! Keep in mind when you sit down to the table on Thursday that there is a difference between sharing time with loved ones and eating until you feel sick.

So eat! Don’t count calories, carbs or fat grams… instead focus your attention on all the good things happening in your life. Focus on the people still around for you to laugh with… play with… or even argue with, and the memories you have of those who are no longer around. Enjoy your time away from work. Work will be there when you get back to it.

And one more thing… before you feel like you have to unbutton your pants in order to become a member of the “Clean Plate Club,” go ahead and push yourself away from the table. There’ll be plenty for leftovers on Friday. Try this and I promise… you’ll be thankful.