Recently, I have been involved in discussions with members and clients at the gym about how to avoid the 10+ pound gain between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. Several ideas have been shared-- some valuable and some not quite so valuable. As these discussions have flitted around in my brain, as usually does, some different thoughts about Thanksgiving have emerged.
It is Thanksgiving, not Thanksgorging. One of the acceptable sins in the church is gluttony. How sad! It is important to remember how the holiday celebration came about. It is about sharing with others what we have and thanking God for how He has blessed us. Maybe dropping off Thanksgiving baskets to people who can't afford it themselves or helping to serve at the local soup kitchen might put things in perspective.
I think most of us have had times when we were lucky to have ramen noodles or generic mac & cheese because money was tight.To be honest, Thanksgiving isn't about the food, but about spending time with family and friends. Who cares if it is sharing chicken flavored ramen noodles together? Break tradition sometime and skip the traditional fare. Try something new! But focus on the people we care about the most.
Tasty and healthy can go together! The calorie count and over-abundance of fat and sugar is over-the-top. When I was listing off the food we were "pre-burning off", it occurred to me that most of it is fats, sugars and carbs. Make some healthy substitutions in your recipes and have some unadulterated veggies and fruit. Your body will thank you afterward!
Think about someone who can't get out or who would be home alone for the holiday. Invite them over or pack a plate of delicious food BEFORE you eat and take it to them. Don't give them left-overs. How many people have no one to celebrate the time with them, let alone feel like making the turkey and dressing themselves?
God is great and God is good, let us thank Him for our food. Blessings on you and your families this Thanksgiving!