Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you had a restful, delicious and thankful day.
I woke up yesterday and read some of this book. I read and reread the bottom paragraph of this page below multiple times. I want that to be how I experience life. But if I’m honest, often times it’s not. But it sounds so freeing.
Soon after we tag teamed in the kitchen to make pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes + eggs with cheese and spinach.
And we spent the morning laying on the couch and watching the Macy’s Day Parade. We braved the crowds to see it in person a couple years ago, but after you do it once…you check it off the list and then watch it from home. For me, watching in person felt lackluster because you don’t get the closeup view so it’s hard to hear everything, you miss out on commentary from the hosts, and you have to wake up super early and stand in the cold. But if you’re in the city, I recommend going at least once.
I decided that some movement outside would feel good since we were going to spend the rest of the day inside. So I went on a jog around noon. And then came home to shower + cook!
A family from church hosted Thanksgiving at their apartment nearby and we were in charge of bringing wine + appetizers + dessert. Nick picked out the wine and I picked out the recipes. We made this pumpkin apple crisp pie, crescent roll baked brie with brown sugar + pecans (that I forget to photograph) and spinach, artichoke and white bean dip that was inspired by this recipe.
The dip was fantastic! And pretty easy. I love Minimalist Baker for the ease and simplicity of her recipes, but often I unveganize them and use what we have on hand and/or what’s cheaper at the store. For this recipe, I used spinach instead of kale, regular cream cheese, whole milk and parmesan cheese instead of the what the recipe calls for and it still turned out great! Highly recommend. We served it with pita chips and tortilla chips.
We snacked on the baked brie and dip and sipped hot apple cider with bourbon (which sat in the crockpot all day and was amazing btw) and then it was time to eat!
As always, I got a little bit of everything. Green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, corn casserole, turkey + gravy, roasted veggies, fennel and pomegranate salad, sweet potato casserole, stuffing and a challah roll. I ended up not touching the roll because I realized I eat rolls every week and didn’t want to take up stomach space with that. The corn casserole was my favorite! It was a grandmother’s recipe that a friend brought and was sweet and cheesy and amazing.
I had a few bites of pumpkin apple crisp pie and pecan pie with homemade whipped cream and decided I didn’t want to be more full than that. Was I a little more full than normal? Yes. But I didn’t feel sick or like I couldn’t breath or like I needed to eat more and more because Thanksgiving is only one day. There are tons of leftovers we were sent home with and we’ll be eating those all week.
I’ve definitely had Thanksgivings that didn’t end as “intuitively” and I felt really full, really sick and full of guilt. If you felt similarly this year, it’s okay. I’ve been there too. And it’s a part of this intuitive eating journey. You’re learning more about yourself and tomorrow will bring a lot more learning opportunities. Remember your body is equipped to take care of itself…even if you felt fuller than you’d like.
I have a couple nutrition clients this morning and then we have a second Thanksgiving later this afternoon with a close couple friend that I’m looking forward to.
Wrapping up here are…
5 things I’m feeling very thankful for this season
- A healthy body | my lungs and heart function well and I’m not limited by my health
- Safety | I take the fact that I feel safe in my home, my neighborhood and in my city for granted
- My job | I have the flexibility to work from home with Nutshell and with nursing, jobs are always open and available
- FaceTime | It sound silly, but living far away from family, I’m so so so thankful that FaceTime helps us to feel connected
- YOU GUYS | Thank you for being vulnerable and brave and passionate and courageous and caring. This blog and space would not exist without you. Thank YOU!
Now your turn, what are you thankful for? Share in the comments so we can get the grateful vibes flowing 🙂