Happy Thanksgiving!! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Does it get any better than family and delicious food? My heart and belly are full, and I have so much to be thankful for. I hope you also find yourself with a full belly and happy heart this Thanksgiving. The beauty of this holiday is that it is all about being content and enjoying what you have. We spend so much of our lives striving for the next best thing whether it be clothes, a new electronic device, car, house, or better looking body. But today, we stop, we reflect, and we enjoy all the wonderful people and things we already have. Maybe we need to do it more than once a year? My heart is truly overflowing as I have more than I ever asked or imagined!
Obviously, this holiday is also about food, comfort foods. Did you count your calories today? I hope not. Today is one day of the year, I hope you forgot about calories and portion sizes and ate until you could not eat any more! I really do. However, tomorrow, I hope you realize this holiday is over. If you can limit your indulgence to ONE day, you should feel no guilt or shame. Of note, there are two groups of people that cannot indulge as they wish this holiday: those are people with diabetes who are at risk of DKA and those with end stage renal disease. Now to the rest of you, I hope you enjoyed your holiday, got yourself cooking in the kitchen, and sat down to a meal with your family! Our culture does way too little of this. Eating is about so much more than simply calories and nutrients. It is a social experience that develops relationships. What do we do with friends? Go out to eat. Why? Because it is meant to connect people. The more time we spend eating with our family, the stronger, more connected our family will be. A huge factor in the obesity epidemic of our youth is that families no longer eat meals together. I could go on for hours on this soap box, but I know you have family to get back to as do I. Enjoy your full belly, crazy family, and hopefully time off. And do not forget, tomorrow is not Thanksgiving!
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