We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”
With Holiday Season in full swing, it’s definitely time for our yummy sweet ideas (only from phase 3 at the earliest of course!). How about these chocolate mountains, for starters?
What you’ll need:
1 pinch of sea salt
What to do:
Crush the walnuts in a blender. Add the cacao and a pinch of salt and mix until everything is well mixed and completely chocolate-ty brown. Wash, dab-dry the dates, then remove the seeds. Add the date halves one by one and mix again. The mixture should now be well mixed and stick together when pressed gently. Finally, press the mixture flat into a form, chill until serving and cut when cold into nice little squares or servings. Enjoy!
Blessing a plentiful harvest has been a tradition in many countries, especially at times when farmers and their families used to do strenuous physical work to seed, grow, work and harvest the land. Many countries used to celebrate Thanksgiving with festivities and social meetings and dances. Nowadays those traditions are not followed as much anymore. Thanksgiving as a Holiday is celebrated in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Korea, Liberia, Switzerland and the United States.
Also the food provided has changed. Researching about food preparations for Thanksgiving in the United Stated shows, that all those traditional food items have been replaced by more processed offerings. An article by Smithsonian.com states that the first Thanksgiving dinner most likely included wildfowl, corn, porridge and venison. We know that most tables will only include corn from that list.
Let us encourage you to Give Thanks for Family, Friendship, Health and Happiness. Let us celebrate with healthy foods and love.
Are you ready for the holiday? We dug through our archives and found these suggestions for you to use on Thursday’s meal.
Below is an infographic that may help you pick healthy options for your holiday meal.
photo of leaves by Alby Hedrick
In a major sociological study of Thanksgiving published in the Journal of Consumer Research, seven rituals were found to be universal in American Families. Reading through the list, I thought we could modify some of the rituals to conform with a metabolic balance ® lifestyle. Here is a metabolic balance ® ritual list for you to add to your holiday.
- Giving of Career Advice – metabolic balance ® is always looking for motivated coaches. During Thanksgiving talk about your awesome coach and how important your coach has been during your metabolic balance ® journey. Talking about your coach may encourage younger members of your family to see coaching as a career path and may even encourage them to consider living a metabolic balance ® lifestyle.
- Forgetting Ingredients – metabolic balance ® wants you to forget lots of ingredients. Look at your recipes and see how to make them fit into a metabolic balance ® plan. We know you will make Thanksgiving a treat meal but altering your recipes so they are more metabolic balance ® appropriate will help show your family that they can eat healthy and celebrate the holidays without too much sacrifice.
- Sharing Disaster Stories – If you have been following the metabolic balance ® plan, you will have some of these to share. Talk about a great vacation and how you rebalanced afterwards or a night out that when terribly wrong. metabolic balance ® is a lifestyle not a diet so share with your family and friends how you live a metabolic balance ® life and how great you feel because you are eating what makes sense for your body.
- Reappropriation of Store Bought Items – For metabolic balance ® why not take one of our recipes and make it your own. Find a metabolic balance ®Monday recipe and add a special ingredient that keeps it metabolic balance ®d but also makes it your own.
- Put away the leftovers – Save your turkey from Thanksgiving to make a wonderful Turkey soup. Let your guests take home anything that is not on your metabolic balance ® plan. This makes it easier for you to rebalance and avoid eating treat foods for more than just one day.
- Walking. We encourage you to go walk before and after your Thanksgiving meal to spend time with your family outdoors. Staying away from the television and the kitchen may reduce your snacking opportunities and make it easier for you to stay metabolically balanced.
- Water. metabolic balance ® wants you to drink plenty of water so add a pitcher of water and water glasses to the dining room table to encourage drinking water instead of soda, alcohol or fruit juices.
- Take a Bite of Protein. If dinner is extending past an hour, remember to eat a bit of protein so you stay on plan. Have some nuts on the table or save a piece of Turkey to nibble on while the family reminisces about the past and dreams about the future.
If you are still wondering what to serve for Thanksgiving dinner, here are some links we’ve shared in the past for a great Metabolic Balance®Thanksgiving dinner.
If you have a favourite recipe that you want to share, please comment on the post on Facebook. We would love to hear from you.
It’s time to prepare ourselves for the next 6 weeks of celebrations and lifestyle challenges.
You know how it is, the family may not be supportive of your metabolic balance lifestyle and you will be faced listening to their commentary and questions such as “why are you not eating my rolls?” or, “What is wrong with having Turkey and and some bacon?” Use your coach as support to get you through your celebrations and plan your treat meals accordingly. You do not have to face the holidays alone, we are all here for you to help you get through the season of lifestyle challenges.
If you slip up during the holidays, don’t forget to plan a rebalancing for the new year. We will be doing our yearly challenge and would love for you to take the time to focus on your MB life.
Here are some links to articles that will help you during the holiday season: