In case you are wondering about the sample menus and supplement suggestions promised I will post them next week. This week I thought it appropriate to post a blog for Thanksgiving… Three more days before the day of the turkey! I wish you all a wonderful holiday.
Bring back the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving Day. Just like many holidays, turkey day has evolved into an excuse to STUFF your face. The original celebration was much more meaningful than just sitting down to a dinner.
The first celebrated Thanksgiving Day in 1621 was a shared feast between the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians. The feast was a celebration of the bountiful harvest and what came to be a 50 year friendship between the two cultures. The Indians helped the pilgrims learn how to thrive in a land they were not equipped to survive; avoiding poisonous plants, harvesting corn and taking sap from trees. Both groups contributed to the feast, the Indians brought deer and spices while the colonists contributed wild fowl, vegetables (corn, lettuce, cabbage, onions, peas and carrots) and fruits (cranberries, blueberries, gooseberries, plums, grapes and raspberries). Unlike our Thanksgiving celebrations of today, there was no pie because there was not enough sugar or any oven to bake it.
Who would have thought the original Thanksgiving would have been one that was low in sugar and carbs? Now sugar is certainly readily available and is a staple in most Thanksgiving recipes. If you want to make it more of a traditional Thanksgiving and cut back on the sugar and carbs, you may enjoy these recipes:http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/thanksgiving/a/thanksgivingdin.htm, http://www.holdthetoast.com/taxonomy/term/5or http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2013/11/30-delicious-low-carb-thanksgiving-recipes.html.
Today, there are not too many similarities and not much thought given in regards to the original feast and its roots.
It would be nice to keep this tradition and use Thanksgiving as a day to be thankful for what we have, no matter how much or how little; celebrate the cultural contributions, strengths and vitality from living in a country that is a “salad bowl” or melting pot, http://lajhsslab.com/peopling/people2.htm; and, paying it forward by helping others.
One of the most memorable Thanksgivings I have ever had was volunteering to make Thanksgiving a special event for seniors. A group of moms served the Thanksgiving meal and a school full of children helped out by providing the entertainment. We all (the kids, seniors and servers) had a great time. I blogged about it back in 2011, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/giving-thanks-thanksgiving/.
I got just as much from participating in this event if not more than the attendees. Making someone happy, seeing the smiles on the faces of the children (being acknowledged for the good job they did) and the seniors (who were just so appreciative of everyone’s efforts) and knowing how meaningful small acts of kindness can be to another human being or even an animal is second to none. And I mean, no Thanksgiving meal or gift, can compare to the gift of giving, especially if you can give your time and see the impact it has on others.
Let’s not forget what Thanksgiving is all about, get intoxicated off the feeling of giving and receiving thanks. There are no calories, no guilt, no regrets. Let’s bring back the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday as a day of recognition for helping one another, working together as a society and then paying it forward.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and make it meaningful!