Just BE Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the day with your family, friends, and delicious food.

I find that on blogs, social media, etc. you read about Thanksgiving in two different views. One is all about ways to keep Thanksgiving healthy, by “eating one plate” or try this “calorie busting workout.” The other view explains how you shouldn’t feel guilty about eating what you want and “go for the second slice of pie.”

Now that I am reflecting this morning the day after Thanksgiving, this was one of the first Thanksgivings in a long time where I was completely present. I embraced the idea of “BE Thankful” this year. “Just BE.” This wasn’t a conscious decision like “oh I am making sure to stay present this year, blah, blah, blah.” I truly just did it.

I started my morning off at a 5K with my friend from work. Weather was perfect and we enjoyed trotting along!!

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I love to run. That was all that was in my mind and I enjoyed the race. I wasn’t thinking about calorie burning, I wasn’t thinking about running a certain time, I wasn’t thinking about how many miles we ran. I just had a fun time running in a race with my friend and all the other Turkey Trotters.

I came home and enjoyed overnight pumpkin oats in my Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter empty jar from Trader Joe’s.

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I didn’t eat it and think “good for me eating and not starving myself before Thanksgiving” and I didn’t eat it and think “oh, I shouldn’t be eating this now I have to eat so much later.” I just ate it, enjoyed it while watching the parade and relaxing on my couch.

I ended up relaxing on my couch through the whole dog show and just enjoyed some time hanging out and “just being.” Again, this wasn’t a conscious thought, I just did it.

Later on before our company came, I got the apps ready.

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Butternut Squash Dip

(I think I will do a post about all the recipes I used).

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Roasted Grapes on toast with ricotta, honey and almonds

There were other apps but I didn’t get a picture. We hung out, ate and just enjoyed talking and eating. We reminisced about the marathon, and I showed off my medal and shared pictures. As I enjoyed our apps I didn’t make a conscious effort about how much to eat, what to eat, etc. Again I was “just being” and ate and hung out. I didn’t think “eat this amount of vegetables” or the other view, “eat guilt free and enjoy.”

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I helped my Dad get dinner all set up. Heating up food, making the Pillsbury biscuits (I am the WORST at rolling those up- give me a difficult recipe from scratch to bake, challenge accepted. Give me Pillsbury biscuits to roll up out of the can and bake them, I suck at it). Tangent sorry, and helped with making the gravy, etc.

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Cute place setting that my mom made.

We said an awesome prayer and broke bread. Our family friends even said a Jewish prayer for the bread too which was so cool to intermingle our faiths. I truly was present for this part and soaked it all in. In years past my thoughts were on the food: what was I about to eat, how much to eat, etc. Last night, I really thought about the people in this world who don’t have a home and don’t have a place to eat Thanksgiving as we prayed for them.

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Everything was so delicious. I didn’t think “be guilt free and eat what you want” and I didn’t think, “half plate vegetables, half plate everything else.” I just ate our food with my family.

After enjoying our meal, hanging, we cleaned up and then watched my favorite movie in the world, Elf to commence Elf Season!! (Now we are allowed to listen to Christmas music!). We chilled on the couch with super full bellies. I didn’t think, “why did you eat so much” and I didn’t think ” good for you, feel guilt free.” I just watched Elf and was full from some amazing food.

I left everyone on the couch to prep the dessert. I made coffee, tea, got everything out on the table. I also made homemade whipped cream in my fabulous Kitchen Aid Mixer.

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I am very proud of my desserts this year.

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Homemade dessert goodness ::brushes dirt off shoulder:: 🙂 

This is the first time in a long time that I was just present and looking back it felt really good. I am such a planner and preparer and to be present and enjoy the moment isn’t something I do often. As children we are present and just go with the flow but then as we reach adulthood its all about planning, preparing, saving, thinking about the future.

Maybe I’m growing up. Maybe I’m changing. Am I throwing out my “to-do lists” and radically saying, “be present.”

Nope.

I just happened to “just BE” yesterday, and I am THANKFUL for.

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