This is probably my favorite holiday, in part because there is no expectation of gifts, simply an understanding that we are all together to have a good time.
And this is the part I really want to focus on today.
Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that holidays are a time of communion, renewal, and purpose, and of course, a celebration of your traditions–both religious and secular. Somehow, it becomes about how much food to eat; how much to prepare; the food shopping that goes on for days; and the leftovers.
I must admit that I’ve been guilty of this myself. I love the holiday season. I love to decorate the house and keep the fireplace going all day long. I love to try out new recipes and I always cook Thanksgiving dinner for about 20 family members and friends.
And Thanksgiving has typically been one of the few days of the year where I don’t stick to my normal eating regimen (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and my birthday being the other exceptions).
But, this year, I decided to do something different…
I’m not going to use Thanksgiving as an excuse to overindulge. I’m still going to host dinner–but, I am only going to serve healthy items.
Of course, the point of this isn’t to deny myself or my loved ones… there are still lots of delicious foods on the menu. No one will have any idea that such a decadent feast is actually good for them! (If you want some of the recipes, visit, recipes.)
The point is to stay true to myself–and to honor what the holiday is really about…
After all, the whole premise of Thanksgiving isn’t about overindulging. It’s about family, friends, and loved ones all coming together to enjoy each other and share a meal prepared with love. And that’s truly something to be thankful for.