thanksgiving place setting honor the harvest

Permission to Enjoy and be Grateful. Granted.

Earlier this year, a student shared that she was so concerned about food waste, she’d rather run out of groceries than waste food.

Meanwhile in America, 37 million people are faced with hunger.

These scenarios exist in the same country. It’s a bit of a mind boggler, isn’t it? As we approach Thanksgiving, these separate (but related) thoughts are on my mind.

Thankful: conscious of benefit received, well pleased, glad.


People used to worry if we’d have enough food.

Now people worry about eating too much and what that does to our health.

What if we decide to stop worrying and start coming up with a plan to manage the choices?

I know. It’s a challenge to be faced with your favorite treats every day and say no.

BUT…it’s also a challenge to be unhealthy.

Strike the balance. The holidays are actually the perfect time for this because you are faced with even more treats and special dishes to #HonorTheHarvest.

Here are three typical scenarios to show you what I mean:

  1. Holiday brunch. Grab a plate, check out the choices. Choose the special holiday dishes in place of your usual fare. It gets tricky if you just add to what you normally do instead of shifting your meals to accommodate. Swap. Not add.
  2. Office party. Walk in planning on being faced with foods that you like and foods that you don’t. Skip the things you don’t enjoy. If someone asks you why you’re not taking something, simply say maybe you will later, or that you already have a full plate of delicious things.

    Matt and Joey eating
  3. Family dinner. Plan on enjoying your favorite traditional foods, not feeling bad about wanting to eat them. Fill your plate with a round of “all” your favorite dishes and enjoy them. Then move on. If you need or want seconds? Take them intentionally. If you are full and satisfied, that’s ok, too! You’ll get back on track at the next meal when the party is over.

Remember to fit in appropriate activity, whether it’s a walk between dinner and dessert or a workout before the party.

Remember to eat balanced meals before or after the festivities to keep the nutrients we humans need on the menu. Party food at the party. Not when there is no party. 😉

Let’s be thankful we are faced with this conversation versus the one where we don’t know if or when there will be food on the table.

Perhaps this is the time where we remember how lucky we are to have a safe, affordable food supply and so many choices.

Perhaps when we sit at the next holiday meal, we can take a moment to be thankful that so many worked so hard for us to have the delicious meal before us.

What are you most thankful for this year?

grateful thanksgiving
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