A Wellness Maven Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.

It’s a great moment to reflect on how fortunate we are and to spend much needed quality time with family or friends.

For some, this holiday (and the ones that quickly follow) can be a pretty stressful time. Days seems to be moving faster than we can keep up with and we are often confronted with the people and situations that challenge us the most.

Thanksgiving specifically includes those “old time favorite” foods that make you feel all warm and cozy, but when they aren’t consumed moderately can have negative affects on our bodies and our minds.

This holiday seems to encourage the act of over-indulging to the point of discomfort—when originally it was made for us to gather, savor what we have and speak what we are most grateful for in our lives.

It is a day to say thank you and give to others.

For the past couple of years I have been bringing my own “Wellness Maven friendly” dishes to offer my friends and family.

This year will be no different and I wanted to share them with you!

This years Wellness Maven offering:

  1. Butternut Squash Pasta– This dish was created by my dear friend at My Edible Sunshine. The butternut squash will make it the perfect dish to compliment the season and holiday. Plus, its vegan and can be made gluten free with brown rice pasta! You can find the recipe here.
  2. Quinoa, Sweet Potato and Cranberry Stuffing with Veggie Sausage– Who doesn’t love stuffing? My boyfriend even buys the Stovetop boxes just to whip up a batch when he feels like it (Not Wellness Maven Approved ;-)). The problem is it is usually made with white bread (fully processed, lacking nutrients, and loaded with preservatives) and not veg-friendly. That’s where this stuffing comes in. I found this recipe from Style and Grace on Pinterest and I plan on added some high quality vegetarian sausage to the mix to hopefully entice the meat eaters at my table to try it.
  3. Vegan Banana Bread Pudding- As a lover of all things dessert and chocolate, I have to make sure that I have something to satisfy that sweet tooth without being full of harmful ingredients that set off imbalance in my body. This cold weather has me craving warm and toasty desserts, so why not banana bread pudding? Again, I found this on Pinterest (a girls best friend) It’s by West Philly Vegan and will work as my foundation, but I will probably replace the bread with Ezekiel, the brown sugar for coconut sugar and will make sure the chocolate chips are extra dark.

In case you want to try something different I also played with the idea of a lentil loaf, pumpkin muffins and raw stuffing.

Another way to fully enjoy Thanksgiving will be to create an intention. 

The night before or the morning of create an intention for how you want the holiday to go.

This could be as simple as:

  • Reminding yourself to breathe and stay calm when you feel the natural pressures of cooking for the entire family.
  • To practice the philosophy of “act to not react” when that certain family member pushes your buttons.
  • Or  to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal consciously and mindfully, savoring every bite in the attempt to eliminate that uncomfortable feeling of over indulgence.

Creating an intention can be a powerful practice for your everyday life. When you create and write down an intention you will be brought back to it several times throughout the day, especially during those times when you most need it.

Lastly, take a moment or two to write a gratitude list the morning of Thanksgiving.

Nothing embodies this holiday more than a gratitude list and it couldn’t be easier to do.

The morning of, write down the things you are grateful for in your life. It doesn’t have to be anything astronomical.

Your list can look something like this:

  • ‘I am grateful for this beautiful holiday’
  • ‘I am grateful for my family.’
  • ‘I am grateful for my morning cup of tea that helps me start my day with a warm and cozy feeling.’

Write down what makes you happy, even the little things. If you happen to write down something that challenges you or you don’t 100% believe, that’s okay.

Acknowledging it is the first step to seeing the positive side of it.

And everything in your life has one.

With Intentions and Love,

Your Maven

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