Thanksgiving Can be Healthy, Happy and Fun

Be Thankful and Eat Healthy

A Note from Wally…

As I do every year at this time, I look back over the year.  Upon reflection, I am reminded of just how blessed I am. Although there has been a lot of change in our lives, filled with challenges and struggles, I have much to be grateful for. The Lord has blessed me indeed. The needs of my family have been met and we are all in good health. I have healthy loving children and grandchildren. I have a truly beautiful and wonderful soul mate that loves and accepts me as I am. I am blessed to have many friends and I am honored to be their friend as well. I am grateful and blessed to be a man of service to others. In my work I see firsthand the power of God daily and the influence and power of his word. Likewise I see the power and healing potential from the living foods God provides for our bodies. As such, our bodies are made in the image of God and are a Temple, and should be kept clean and in good health.  1 Corinthians  3, 16-17 makes this perfectly clear.

Thank you for your presence in my life. I value our relationship and friendship greatly. I wish for you a very blessed,  joyous and healthy Thanksgiving Holiday.

With Gratitude,


Thanksgiving, a Holiday for Gratitude and Celebration

The original feast in 1621 occurred sometime between September 21 and November 11. Our only firsthand account of the event comes from Edward Winslow, one of the original pilgrims in his letters.

“Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, among other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed upon our governor, and upon the captain, and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”

Edward Winslow, Dec. 11, 1621, in A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth (Mourt’s Relation: A Relation or Journal of the English Plantation settled at Plymouth in New England, by certain English adventurers both merchants and others.) Dwight Heath, ed. New York: Corinth Books, 1963, p. 82


The First Thanksgiving as recorded by Edward Winslow

The History of the Thanksgiving Holiday

Wild Turkey and Thanksgiving

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Who Attended the First Thanksgiving Feast?

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a Vegetarian twist.

Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, celebration and joy. The celebration of Thanksgiving also means dealing with temptations outside of our normal dietary routines. When you add Thanksgiving with the Christmas holiday season our waist has a tendency to grow and our health can take a hit. There are great holiday recipes that are delicious and healthy and can help keep you from adding those extra pounds.

I would urge you to try a few of these vegetarian holiday recipes. Do not let the fact that they are vegetarian recipes shy you away from trying them. It’s a scientific fact that the majority of your diet should be vegetative if you want to improve your health. This gives you extra options for friends that may be vegetarian and a way to keep your weight in check and your health on the rise during the holiday season. These two sites have awesome healthy holiday recipes. I would encourage you to expand your palate and give them a try.  Vegetarian Holiday Recipes and 9 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes.

The Turkey

If you are enjoying turkey during thanksgiving and you have the opportunity, serve a wild turkey at Thanksgiving. Wild turkeys are leaner and have great flavor. Turkeys have been enjoyed as part of America’s traditional Thanksgiving feast for many years.  Dated back as early as 1000 A.D. Native Americans hunted turkey for its sweet and juicy flavor.  Besides the historical link and delicious taste, turkey meat is low in fat and cholesterol; the white meat provides less than three grams of fat for a three ounce serving.  Turkey also provides us with a good source of iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, B vitamins, and the essential amino acid tryptophan. Even though turkey contains tryptophan a natural relaxing and calming amino acid, eating turkey does not make you sleepy. The reason most people like to catch a nap after a Thanksgiving meal is due to the large amount of simple carbohydrates consumed in the dressings, souffles, pies and cakes, not the turkey!

Turkey Stuffing & Much More…
Thanksgiving dinner is such a wonderful tradition in America; a time for family to come together and reflect on all there is to be thankful for, spend time together without the stress of gift giving, and enjoy good food.  However, the Thanksgiving feast could really add up for someone watching their waistline.  Here are a few small substitutions that can make a major difference in the total calorie count of a Thanksgiving feast. As with everything else in life, moderation is the key; if the homemade pecan pie is the great highlight, but not so much the mashed potatoes and stuffing, then go ahead and skip the sides and savor the pie.  Avoiding the foods not really enjoyed and savoring the bites of favorite dishes, makes great steps to finding a wonderful lifestyle balance. by Yvette Quantz, LD, RD, CLT


Pumpkin Pancakes by Yvette Quantz, LD, RD, CLT

½ cup oats or oat bran
¼ cup pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling (can be fresh or canned)
Stevia (optional)
*1 whole egg
*3 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
* If you prefer a vegetarian version you can use ground flax in place of eggs or egg whites. Follow these directions. • 1 egg = 1 Tbsp. ground flax-seed simmered in 3 Tbsp. water

Mix ingredients in a blender, puree until smooth. Pour 1/2 mixture on a lightly coated hot griddle; turn when bubbles form on top of pancakes. Cook until second side is golden brown (pancakes will be thin).
Nutrition Facts for Total Recipe:  300 Calories, 8 grams fat, 36 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams fiber, 25 grams protein

Healthy Cranberry Sauce

1 lb. of fresh or frozen cranberries

8 to 12 ounces of fresh squeeze orange juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ cup stevia,  if more sweetness is desired and ¼ to ½ cup Ideal brand sweetener. ( Ideal is a low glycemic natural sweetener)


Place berries and orange juice in sauce pan and cook on medium low until cranberries begin to fall apart.

Add stevia and Ideal sweetener if needed

Add vanilla

Stir and turn down to low and let simmer until it is the consistency you want.

Taste,  add more sweetener if desired.

Optional: add 1 cup crushed pomegranate seeds to cranberries

Nutrition Facts: 86 calories,  1.86 grams of fat, 2.49 grams of protein,  16.9 grams of carbohydrate, 2.69 grams of fiber and 2.94 grams of sugar

Have a Blessed and Healthy Thanksgiving

Wally Bishop C.N.C.


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