This is the foodie holiday of foodie holidays. So much energy is going to be invested with planning, shopping, house cleaning, meal prep, and cooking. A few of you will even have 2 or 3 engagements and you might have to eat turkey TWICE! But before I delve into my plan to eat healthy this Thanksgiving, I wanted to extend a HUGE thank you to our box of good community.
Over 900 boxes to 12 different food banks donated by our customers this past year. That is incredible. These donations are powerful and convey hope and help the food bank community extend care into many vulnerable populations.
Thank You – Thank You – Thank You
Tristan’s plan to eat a successful Thanksgiving Meal
This week is one of those food “traps” that will be foisted upon Americans. Yep, Thanksgiving, a time to be thankful will be greeted with a barrage of pies, ice cream, jello, lots of gravy, and, and, and. Just the sheer amount of food will be immense, and the selection on most tables will be enough to feed a family for a week. Most of us are not going to be in control of how much food gets set on the table, but we can control how much food gets put on our plates.
To be a successful eater at the Thanksgiving table, I would encourage a few Non-Negotiables.
- Choose to eat better so you will feel better and not bloated or stuffed. It is a choice.
- Limit snacking and choose the fruit and veggie snacks.
- Plan to eat at the main meal, whether that is lunch or dinner for your family, but be reasonable with your portions.
- Just one plate, not one plate at a time. Not heaping (wink, wink). Just one plate, it will be enough food.
- Remember, dessert will be coming, so pick none or just one. I know this is a hard one, because there will be lots of selection and a sampling will be tough to turn down.
These simple non-negotiables or guidelines will help anyone enjoy family, friends and the Thanksgiving meal with energy and enthusiasm. Imagine feeling full and thankful this Thanksgiving. That’s my goal!
Tristan Farmer/Health Advocate