Are You Stuffed like a Turkey?

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In America, Thanksgiving traditionally means family, friends and especially food. We cook and eat as if there was a scarcity of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and creamy vegetables. We dive into pumpkin pie as if there was a national law that says it can only be served and eaten one day a year.

Surprise! Stores sell turkey, ham, potatoes and rolls all year long. You can fix it for breakfast if you so desire or even invite the group over any other day of the year. There are no shortages of good food and good times with others. You don't need an excuse or special day to gather and break bread.

. The average woman takes in about 1,400 to 1,800 calorie in an ordinary day but between 2,000 to 3,000 calories and more than 130 fat grams at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. You can see that a huge dinner is likely to put you over the top in comfort and straight into a food coma. You won't feel satisfied; you will feel stuffed and miserable.

The very idea of a holiday feast feels and appears abundant. Looking at a laden filled table reminds us of our blessings and instills a sense of gratitude. Abundance means an ample supply, more than enough, and plenty to share.

Eat your fill of turkey and mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving. Enjoy a taste or two of everything. Eat till you are stuffed like a turkey, if you want to, it is your choice. But don't eat as if there is no tomorrow or a shortage of good food. Laugh and mingle with friends and set up a date to gather monthly. Set an intention to turn Thanksgiving into Thanks-living.

Remember that abundance does not come just once a year. It is waiting for you every day.

Now, pass a small piece of pie! I know I can have more at another time.

Judy H. Wright is a parent educator, family coach, and personal historian who has written more than 20 books, hundreds of articles and speaks internationally on family issues, including end of life. You are invited to visit our blog at www.AskAuntieArtichoke.com for answers and suggestions which will enhance your relationships. You will also find a full listing of free tele-classes and radio shows held each Thursday just for you at www.ArtichokePress.com.

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