Thanksgiving means so many things to so many people.
Of course, the first is always meals with family and friends, a relaxed and special time with no religious emphasis; a time when everyone in our wonderful country can look around and be grateful for what we have.
So, let’s start with the meals, and the food that is so central to that special meal.
For some, it will be a time of tables laden with so many dishes it will be difficult to decide what to eat…and even what not to eat! And, for some, it will be thankful that there is enough for the family to enjoy.
But, for everyone, on this very special day in our country, it remains a time to grateful for what we do have.
For me, it is a time when I am grateful for my wonderful family; my two sons, my daughter-in-law, my nephews and nieces, my Russian family, and the pleasure we share by just being together. You know what? We like being together! We enjoy each other’s company and love catching up on what everyone has been doing since last Thanksgiving. I am very grateful for that!
And for those people who think about the weight they may gain by indulging; as a psychotherapist, I might offer some suggestions…Take it for whatever you wish!
You can stuff yourself with the all the foods you like; you don’t have to deny yourself these foods. Just leave room!!!!!!!!!!!! Taste everything you wish but leave a little room when you begin to feel satisfied, when you begin to feel “stuffed.”
Don’t hold back because you are “on a diet.” Eat everything you love, just in moderation, and remember to eat “heart healthy!” If you STUFF yourself with “heart healthy” foods, will you be “heart healthier?” Moderation is the key.
Just a suggestion: you might go to the “Smart for the Heart” web-site, and indulge in the “Beat the Holiday Bulge.” It is a part of our Sister to Sister Web-site and you might enjoy it! Visit www.sistertosister.org and click on the “Beat the Holiday Bulge” link!
Happy Holidays! Keep your Heart Healthy!