Thanksgiving … it is one of the great American holidays, and its activities are excellent sources of alliteration: Food, football, festivities, friends and family (at your own risk, in some cases).
For me, I’m very grateful, even thankful, for the many blessings received throughout the year – wonderful people whose paths have crossed mine, the love of family and friends, and good health.
And yet, pumpkin pie seems to overshadow almost everything. Yes, I’ve written about it before (here), it is my second great love – after MLB, of course – but it is oh-so-fattening.
Some of you may know that I try to stick, largely (no pun intended), to a protein-based diet. It works well with my metabolism and tends to keep the weight off. But as I get closer to Thanksgiving (and then Christmas), my favorite food – pumpkin pie – ends up being a blessing … and a curse.
– vitamins – full of vitamin A, and also has vitamins C, K, and E
– antioxidants, in particular alpha and beta-carotenes
– minerals – magnesium, potassium, copper, calcium, and iron
– fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids
– can eat it obsessively
– piles on the calories, and therefore the pounds
– did I mention, I WILL eat it for all three meals; oh … and for a “snack”
Years ago, when MLB and I were on a super-strict version of high-protein eating, we were trying to be good even through Thanksgiving. This weekend, I was going through a box of things from our youngest son’s childhood, and ran across this hand-scrawled note – from the 3rd grade – about his upcoming Thanksgiving:
I didn’t realize how much the kids really paid attention, until I read this.
If I had read this in elementary school, I’m pretty sure I would have laughed so hard the milk would have come through my nose, and maybe even bits of mac & cheese as well. Ewwww!
“Usually you’d have all the 5 food groups. But my parents are on a fater [fatter] diet and they can’t have any carbohydrates.”
I love the fact that he was thinking about us, lamenting the fact that we couldn’t have “the good stuff,” and that a “fater” diet was bad. Kids are the best!
I can assure you that his third grade body didn’t miss out on any of the carbohydrates that we did!
What are you looking forward to doing, or eating, over the holidays?