It is the start of the holiday season and for many of us, today we will sit down with family and friends to a Thanksgiving feast.
We will give thanks and participate in one of the nation’s most popular celebrations.
While there is a tendency in America to excess, it would be a good time to think about how our ancestors did things as part of their early feasts.
Also, the whole community participated in the freshly prepared and wholesome dishes. Over three days, they would eat, exercise, and join in games and recreational activities. The social interactions among the colonists and native Indians delivered many benefits including lowering the stress level.
Another aspect of the traditional harvest celebration we should practice today, and that is moderation. It is best to not eat until you can’t swallow another forkful. Scale back a bit … enjoy a spoonful of potatoes rather than a heaping, a drizzle rather than a deluge of gravy, and a sliver rather than a wedge of pumpkin pie. Try just a little bit of everything without the excessive calories. You can bet none of the pilgrims or Native Americans had to loosen their belts at the dinner table.
One more point is that we have Native Americans to thank for many of the incredible foods we enjoy at the traditional Thanksgiving feast. We should thank them too for sharing their traditions as many of the good things in America we around long before the Europeans settle here.
Finally, like many of our national holiday, many people don’t take the time to reflect on the true purpose of this special day. So ... I invite you to follow this link to Learn the Real Reason for Thanksgiving.