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November 21, 2013 @ 09:16 PM

Another delicious article from Cindy over at

Be safe, be healthy, be well.

Dr. Pearson

Please remember to give thanks this holiday like the Pilgrims before us. Make a point to read the history of our Thanksgiving Pilgrims to truly appreciate the courage and hope required of those who were involved in this massive undertaking.  Here are few Thanksgiving thoughts to make your day more enjoyable. 

Do you remember the history behind this day?  The first Thanksgiving, in 1621 is an expression of friendship, sharing and gratitude. How difficult it must have been for the Pilgrims in the New World to settle in.  With a beautiful fall harvest of meat, vegetables, corn and fruits, a meal was shared with the Pilgrims and Indians.  In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

Make the Thanksgiving meal special. Go around the table and ask everyone to share a thoughtful moment in their life.  If you are not sitting down to a dinner with family or friends, perhaps you can donate your time to a shelter or Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa.  Donating a bag of food to those less fortunate is an expression of kindness and generosity.

Thanksgiving dinner can be a healthy experience.  Cook with coconut oil, butter and other dairy from grass-fed cows, purchase an organic, pastured or natural turkey.  Enjoy all the holiday fixings and try not to go overboard.  Be mindful of your choices and portions. Tomorrow is another day.

Turkey is healthy. Like other poultry, turkey is a good source of iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus along with B vitamins, including niacin, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. These micronutrients are important for the brain and nervous system.   Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan that produces serotonin which contributes to a stronger immune system.  It also produces a calming effect, so don’t expect to have an abundance of energy after a Thanksgiving dinner.

Sweet potatoes. They are high in beta-carotene which supports healthy eye and immune system function. They contain high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E and fiber.  Sweet potatoes are a preferred choice over white potatoes. Of course, for the holiday, there is nothing like mash potatoes and gravy. Don’t worry about the fat in the gravy; a little extra fat for the day will not hurt you.

Cranberries. These popular deep red berries are chocked full of nutrients.  They contain antioxidants that promote urinary tract health and overall immune system function.

Pumpkin Pie. It’s the quintessential dessert for this holiday.  Pumpkin provides a good source of beta-carotene known to improve eye health.  It also contains lutein and zeaxanthin and other carotenoids that provide the body protection against free-radicals that damage cells.  Use a little less organic sugar than the recipe calls for and enjoy this delicious treat.

For a little heart health protection before this special feast, consume 1,000 mg of vitamin C, 800 IU of vitamin E and keep a few extra digestive enzymes on hand.  This will help to digest your foods.

Always end your meal with a cup of green or peppermint tea.  These teas offer relaxing digestive relief.

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