Please Pass the Gravy!

Whether you are looking forward to it or bracing for it – the Thanksgiving holiday is here. Family, food, football, feuding over politics….did we mention food? Turkey. Apple pie. Stuffing. Pumpkin pie. Sweet potatoes. Pecan Pie. Green Bean casserole. Gravy, gravy, and more gravy!

But before you dig in – you may want to check out an interesting article on Fox News titled, “Five foods doctors won’t eat at Thanksgiving – and why.” Below is a list of the foods – check out the story to read why!

  • Appetizers
  • Bread Basket
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Canned Green Bean Casserole
  • “Creamed” Anything

According to MedicalDaily.com, one of the keys to a healthier holiday is to not skip breakfast to save room for the big meal of the day!

A healthy Thanksgiving dinner starts before we even have our first bite. Many of us opt to skip or limit breakfast to save the calorie overindulgence for later, but this can lead to more overeating at dinner. A 2013 study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found consuming a protein-packed breakfast promotes satiety later in the day, reducing mindless snacking. We’re more likely to feel fuller throughout the day, and eat a smaller dinner, and fewer nighttime snacks.

ABC News put together a short video on the calories most Americans will consume on Thanksgiving. Let’s just say it is WELL above the estimated average intake for even the most active men and women. Click here or on the picture below to watch the story.

calories

For some, it’s not the feasting they’re worried about….it’s the feuding. The Pittsburgh Tribune wrote:

Thanksgiving may get ugly this year.

God only knows what may happen when a progressive liberal Democrat discovers he’s sitting next to a cousin or uncle who is a conservative Republican.

But there’s no need for mashed potatoes to fly.

Forbes Magazine interviewed Arlie Hochschild, author of Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right and professor emerita of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, and she said one way to keep the ‘mashed potatoes from flying’ is to simply – listen.

“More than anything, I’d advise active listening. Model it for your relatives,” Hochschild said. “When I left my liberal political bubble to enter another very conservative one, I took off my political alarm system and permitted myself a great deal of curiosity about how the other felt about things.” That curiosity meant asking a lot of follow-up questions, and more listening. “By the time you’ve established yourself as a good listener, they may be ready to listen to you too,” she said.”

Regardless of your political leanings, who you voted for, or how much you plan to eat…..we want to wish you and your family a happy, healthy, safe, and feud-free Thanksgiving holiday!

 

 

 

 

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