Thanksgiving Focus


Thanksgiving is all about turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and pie. Right? Some people think so. This year, in addition to food, I challenge all of us to focus on the "Thanks" part of Thanksgiving. Gratitude. 

Tomorrow and every evening throughout this holiday season, try writing down 5 things that you are thankful for. Perhaps a beautiful, sunny day, your health, a bird you saw at the feeder, a smile, a kind word, or even a day free of pain. It's amazing how the practice of gratitude changes your attitude. And an attitude adjustment is often just what we need to keep our motivation going to keep working toward a healthier you!

Try to focus on mindful eating tomorrow. Slow down. Sit. Breathe. Look. Smell. Taste. Evaluate. Chew. Think about which foods really taste good to you and those that aren't. You deserve to savor every bite and totally enjoy your Thanksgiving meal!

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Thanksgiving Foods

Turkey, white meat, 3 oz                       134              3               3 protein


Turkey, dark meat, 3 oz                         168              3               3 protein

Stuffing, 1/2 cup                                    177              3 1/2
Mashed potatoes, 1/2 cup                       120             2
Gravy, 1/4 cup                                         30              1
Butter, 1/2 Tbsp                                       50              1
Roll                                                        120              2 1/2
Cranberry sauce, 1/4 cup                       110              2
Winter squash, 1/2 cup                            40              1                1 vegetable
Sweet potato, baked, 1                          102               2                2 vegetables
Mixed green salad, 1 cup                        10               0                1 vegetable
Green beans, 1/2 cup                              20               0                1 vegetable
Vinaigrette, 2 Tbsp                                  80              2                2 healthy fat
Wine, 4 oz                                               88              2
Pecan Pie, 1/8                                        460              9
Cherry Pie, 1/8                                      304               6 
Apple Pie, 1/8                                        277              6 
Pumpkin Pie, 1/8                                   265               5
Whipped cream, 3 Tbsp                          30               1