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Be Present, Be Thankful – Plan to Eat – Plan To Eat

Be Present, Be Thankful 

This is the time of year that I get several requests to talk about managing big, holiday meals. Everyone wants the best tips for navigating the buffet table or they want to know how much pie they can eat. While those are great questions, they aren’t what I love to talk about this time of year. Instead of focusing on the large quantities of indulgent foods, I like to focus on the theme of the holiday – being present and being thankful – and how that translates to a nourishing meal.

Be Present

How many times have you rushed around Thanksgiving day, trying to get the food cooked and on the table? Or maybe you’re the one who’s traveling, so you’re sweating and frantic, trying to get out the door on time, worried about the impending traffic that you know is going to make you late. Stressful, right? Necessary? No! Take some time this Thanksgiving to be present. Let go of the expectations that you’ve set for yourself and instead spend that valuable time “in the moment!” That relaxation will translate to a more enjoyable time with friends and family and will have a “trickle down” effect when it comes to what you choose to eat. Because being present means you’ll be able to make smart choices when it comes to what you put on that plate. And once you fill it (leaving some space there, because it’s not a contest to see who can put the most food on the plate), sit at the table, not in front of the tv, and ENJOY your food! Every bite!


My real name is Debra (Debbie Sue). Sarah is a nickname given to me in high school. My husband has always called me that so here in Florida It's all I am known by. I was born and raised in Illinois. My son and I moved to Colorado in 1982. I taught school for 17 years. Then I ran a homeschooling/preschool/daycare until 2006 when I moved to Florida after my son, Bobby died suddenly. He was almost 26. Danny and I live and work at a state park here. I miss the mountains and climate of Colorado. I miss snow and the four seasons. I miss Bobby.

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