it probably goes without saying,
i love the holidays
i can't get enough of the traditions, the baking, the passing down of recipes, the festiveness, the decorations....
but i know for a lot of people, it can be the source of stress & anxiety, especially related to food & weight
there is so much talk about food
and so much talk about gaining weight over the holidays
you know, the classic comments like "oh, I shouldn't be eating this," or "i'm going to be bad and eat 2 pieces of pie," or "I haven't eaten all day for this..."
nothing makes me cringe more than statements like these
I know it's all commonplace in our culture & hopefully coming from a good place but it's nonsense.
each year, i encourage my clients/patients to start prepping for comments & thinking of a few one-liners to shut that shit down so they can actually have a shot at enjoying their thanksgiving meals as well as conversation w/ family members.
i have a few one-liners i use like "moderation is key," or "all foods can fit in moderation," or some other lame comment about moderation. sometimes i'll say "can we just enjoy this lovely meal everyone prepared for us."
we deserve to eat good meals, really any time we want. we don't need an excuse. we don't need to work out to earn it. our bodies need energy as is.
if I see one more article about how much exercise it takes to "burn off" thanksgiving dishes, i'm going to lose it.
we don't have to "save up" for a special meal. we're actually just setting ourselves up to overeat & feel sick all day. our bodies know what they need, start listening to it instead of trying to control it.
also, keep in mind, eating a certain type of food doesn't make us a good or bad
are we really that simple of creatures? do we really obtain moral value from food?
I hate how all these food/weight issues take away from the special time of thanksgiving. a time to be thankful for what we do have. that we have delicious food to eat. that we have bodies that allow us to do fun things. can we try not to criticize either for a second? can we respect our bodies enough to not stuff them until they're sick or starve them until they're weak. can we not make excuses for eating? can we look at exercise as a way to take care of our bodies instead of burning off the energy we need?
maybe you struggle with this stuff, maybe you don't, but I bet you know someone who does.
I challenge you to not say one negative thing about food/weight this thanksgiving. sadly, this is becoming a revolutionary concept. enjoy you're meal. eat mindfully. be thankful for whoever is there to eat with you.
oh yeah, the dressing! I kind of threw together a quick dressing for my friendsgivings this year. typically, my family makes a traditional cornbread dressing but I added some toasted challah bread to change up the texture a bit.
happy thanksgiving loves. i'm so thankful for you all.
challah bread, 1 loaf
jiffy corn bread, 1 box prepeared
yellow onions, 2 large
celery stocks & leaves, 5
garlic cloves, 3
unsalted butter, 1/2 c.
chicken stock, 2-3 c.
rosemary, 2-3 Tbsp chopped
sage, 2-3 Tbsp chopped
kosher salt to taste
pepper to taste
cut challah bread into cubes, place onto cooking sheet & toast in oven at 200F for ~ 1 hr
melt butter in large stock pan, sauté onions & celery until brown & caramelized ~ 30 min- 1 hr on medium low
add minced garlic, rosemary, sage, salt/pepper & sauté until fragrant ~ 3 min or so
add cornbread & challah bread into stock pot w/vegetables // stir until coated
pour mixture into a buttered casserole dish
pour chicken stock over bread mixture
put foil over casserole dish & bake in oven at 350F for 45 min- 1 hr