Whew. I don’t know about you but thanksgiving is exhausting. We traveled to Portland, Oregon where I prepared an AIP thanksgiving for my family. It was my first time ever cooking thanksgiving, let alone cooking an AIP thanksgiving and man was it tiring. We spent Tuesday afternoon driving home and Wednesday prepping. Come thursday we just had to make the turkey and the salad and we were good to go. We made apple cider spritzers, hummus, fruit salad, ginger pear cranberry sauce, two gravies, plantain stuffed savory rubbed turkey, mashed Japanese sweet potatoes, arugula, apple, and bacon salad with a cranberry vinegrette, and maple shortbread cookies. I recently realized that thanksgiving is a holiday where you spend countless hours preparing a meal that is eaten in less than 20 minutes. Because of this, it is imperative you enjoy the process.
I did that the best that I could cooking thanksgiving in a kitchen not my own. My mom was huge help buying ingredients for me before I got to town and my grandma came early to help me cook on Wednesday along with two of my best friends. I was incredibly happy with how the meal turned out and so thankful for other AIP bloggers for their recipe inspiration! What I was not so thankful for was the reminder that I get every year the day after thanksgiving: black friday. I have always found it so ironic that the most thankful day of the year is followed by one of the most greedy.
I wrote this post to simply say, thankfulness is not just reserved for thanksgiving. We have so so much to be thankful for, even those of us battling autoimmunity or other diseases. Thankfulness is something to be practiced day after day after day. It is not something that will come easily as it is not often practiced by the culture we live in where more is always better. I think that thankfulness can be pursued daily by having a heart of contentment and rejoicing in the tiny victories throughout the day. This is important to keep in mind as we gear up for the Christmas season and the rest of our days. Relentlessly pursue thankfulness in your health struggles, your workplace, your family, and most of all, in your moments, for thankfulness is not simply reserved for thanksgiving but for each and every day.