Over the years I’ve subscribed to different approaches to eating Thanksgiving dinner based off of opinions or facts to cut calories or make healthier choices. I’ve even brought technology into the approach by using my Fitbit with calculated calories in versus calories burned. Friends of mine will include fasting the week before Thanksgiving dinner or chose to eat only one meal on Thanksgiving Day. The extreme approach, in my opinion, is when the traditional Thanksgiving meal favorite dish recipes are altered to accommodate a new diet or lifestyle eating method such as Paleo, Whole30 or gluten-free. Harmony in my house is important to me so I haven’t infringed on the traditional recipes. Instead I would exclude the food out of what I chose to eat from the table of food.
The elders at the Thanksgiving table are so observant. When I exclude a dish it’s a topic of conversation. My Mom will gasp and say ‘you are not eating turkey!’. Which leads into the guaranteed conversation at Thanksgiving regarding which foods are on the good or bad list based on something they read or saw advertised. We then all decide if we agree or disagree based on of our own opinions or facts. Expected agreement to the conversation will be ‘you can’t always listen to “them” because “they” are always changing what is good versus bad for you’ followed up by an example ‘“they” said eggs were bad for us in the 1980’s now “they” say eggs are good for you, can’t believe them!’ To lighten up the mood after that my husband will mention his distaste for turkey bacon and how real bacon taste can’t be substituted. Someone at the table will counter with but that turkey bacon will keep me healthier than you. Everyone will chuckle.
Thanksgiving dinner feast lasts one day or week if you are lucky to have leftovers. I expect to enjoy it as I chose. What I plan to incorporate this year and hope it becomes a tradition is a family hike before or after dinner. I will be grateful for the feast as well as for the people who share it with me.
Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving to all!