I don’t know about you, but Fall is by far my favourite season. I can never get enough of blue sky days with a slight chill to them, wearing cozy sweaters, going for brisk runs, or watching the leaves change colour. It’s such a lovely time of year!
And, if you live in North America, Autumn also brings Thanksgiving – that wonderful holiday where we spend time with our families, take time to be thankful for everything we have in our lives, and eat some downright delicious food! Unfortunately, eating healthy during this holiday can be pretty challenging, whether you’re trying to lose weight or eating to feel good, or have dietary restrictions or choose not to eat certain foods. And having curious family members around can sometimes exacerbate the difficulty of sticking to your choices.
In today’s episode, we’re discussing those challenges you might face this coming long weekend. We talk about making conscious, mindful choices about what and how you plan to eat, how to tackle awkward questions about your lifestyle choices at the dinner table, what kinds of foods are best to bring along to dinner if you’re veg*, and how to stay positive and committed to your decisions even when it starts to feel hard.
Our number one tip, from us to you? It gets better. If this is your first veg* or healthy-living Thanksgiving, bravo! It’s great you’re making thoughtful choices about your life and health. So hang in there, because by the time your fourth veggie Thanksgiving rolls around, your Granny might be cooking with Earth Balance butter, your Dad will know to reserve some of his famous stuffing outside of the turkey, and your uncle realizes it’s no fun picking on you anymore because you’re in this to win it.
If you’re looking for some inspiration for veggie Thanksgiving dishes, here are some resources we love:
- Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes on Oh She Glows
- Vegan Thanksgiving from Happy Healthy Life
- Crazy Sexy Thanksgiving from Kris Carr
- Vegan Thanksgiving Tips from NoMeatAthlete
- Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu from Sprouted Kitchen
This Thanksgiving, Laura and I are thankful for many things, including each other, this podcast, and the lovely group of people we’ve gotten to interact with because of it. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? And we’d love to know: any tips on staying healthy at big family dinners?
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