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Quinn on Nutrition: Recipe for a healthful holiday

November 30, 2015

Funny how priorities get adjusted when you lose a loved one, especially one as close as a sister. So this Thanksgiving and the weekend, Iím not Christmas shopping. I am thanking God for the incredible outpouring of love and concern these past few weeks from dear family members and friends.

Thank you especially to the United Methodist Women in Peralta, New Mexico, who prepared and served a comforting lunch to feed the sorrowful souls after my sisterís service. Food meets more than physical needs at times like these.

Still, for the first time in a very long time, turkey and stuffing were of secondary importance this Thanksgiving. Instead, I feasted on the many blessings that so often come through difficult times if we just keep our eyes and hearts open.

Donít waste the moments, my older sister, Cheryl reminded us at our sisterís service. Each year, each day, each holiday season offers new opportunities to make precious memories. How right she is.

After our sisterís service, we found ó tucked away in a stack of papers at her home ó a yellowed clipping of a piece entitled "How to Plant a Special Garden." With apologies to the anonymous writer, I have taken a bit of creative license to adapt what we read into a recipe for a healthful holiday season:

Mix together 4 varieties of peas:

Prepare at least one vegetable dish for every dessert that you make.

Plan to eat slowly and savor every bite. Youíll enjoy it more and eat less.

Politely decline seconds on anything dripping in fat or sugar.

Persist in finding a time to exercise.

Add 3 healthy servings of squash:

Squash the urge to eat past the point of feeling comfortably satisfied.

Squash negative talk to or about others; it will help your digestion.

Squash the desire to finish off the rest of the pie before you take a long walk to think about it.

Stir in 3 types of lettuce:

Let us share what we have with others.

Let us take time to say thank you.

Let us help with the dishes.

Top this entire mixture with 3 helpings of turnips:

Turn up a smile, even when you donít especially feel like it.

Turn up words of encouragement to others as well as yourself.

Turn up with gratitude if someone has invited you for a holiday meal.

Yep, call me old-fashioned, but I still think the day set aside on the fourth Thursday of every November to stop and reflect on the gifts and blessings that surround us is a really good idea.

 

 





 



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