Thanksgiving Thoughts!

Thanksgiving 2011Hello!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers in the USA!ย And Happy Thursday to everyone else! ๐Ÿ™‚ Even though I’m in Australia my family usually celebrates Thanksgiving, as we are all originally from the States and it is nice to get together and be thankful. Unfortunately we don’t get two days off so we just do it on the closest weekend that is the least crazy, as this is quite the crazy (and fun) time of year! ๐Ÿ™‚ This year we are doing it on Sunday and I’m cooking, which I’m feeling quite intimidated about! I have cooked one other year previously, but still it is a lot to take one.

However, I am thankful to have such a wonderful family and beautiful healthy kids to celebrate and enjoy a lovely meal with! I am thankful for many many things, but good friends and family really tops the list!

I didn’t do What’s Happening Wednesday yesterday… Instead I went on a princessed-out rant. Ha. Thanks for listening. ๐Ÿ™‚ However, I have read some really interesting stuff around the net this past week that I thought would be cool to share with you all during your Thanksgiving downtime.

Archaeologists Officially Declare a Collective Sigh Over “Paleo Diet”

This article I got from one of my Archaeologist friends (probably my only Archaeologist friend)! It basically discusses that the ideology behind the Paleo Diet is wrong and why it is wrong. The ideology being that the “Paleo Diet is a nutritional framework based on the assumption that the human species has not yet adapted to the dietary changes engendered by the development of agriculture over the past ten thousand years.”

It doesn’t tell you not eat a “Paleo Diet” because clearly lots of people enjoy eating that way and see the benefits, or they wouldn’t preach it! Or that a Paleo Diet is unhealthy. What it does make very clear is that humans have been so successful because we have been able to adapt and eat a huge variety of foods. There was no early unified diet, people throughout time have eaten a vast range of things! It also argues that all kinds of foods (not just grains) have vastly changed over time and that a healthy diet includes – Everything! Variety is key! And humans have been adapting and changing their diets continuously over time.

It also mentions if you truly want to eat Paleo then you should go out and hunt and gather all of your food yourself!

Persistence Hunting and Persistence Living

This articleย by Dr J follows beautifully along with the above article. It discusses the idea that a decline in our health exists because we evolved as Persistence Hunters, essentially we had the endurance to run down our prey and wear it out over a distance. We are designed to be active! Food, however, is now plentiful and we don’t need to move very far or very much to get it, as a result we are becoming obese and unhealthy. Persistence living is the idea that in order to be healthy today we need to find other ways to be active and get regular exercise, and of course eat a diet rich in whole and unprocessed foods. I probably didn’t do his article justice so please go check it out for yourself!

And now for some Thanksgiving posts! ๐Ÿ™‚

5 tips for a healthier Thanksgiving

This article by Laura from Mommy, Run Fast is simple and to the point! Worth a read for a reminder to slow down and enjoy the day!

10 Recipes for a veggie filled Thanksgiving

This articleย by Fit Mamma Real Food has some great recipe link ups that look delicious and full of vegetables! If you’re looking for some last minute recipe ideas and veggie dishes check it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? If so what are you doing? What are you grateful for this year? If you’re an Aussie not celebrating do you enjoy the Christmas hustle and bustle that starts this time of year? ย What are your favourite Thanksgiving or Christmas side dishes? Feel free to link up any recipes you’ve got to share (preferably really simple and tasty)! And what are your thoughts on the Paleo diet? Have you tried it?

I hope you’re all having a great day wherever you are in the world!

Jess xoxox




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15 Responses to Thanksgiving Thoughts!

  1. Paleo: Not for me, but do what “you” would like. Just be smart.
    Thanksgiving: Home (back to the US) with family. LOVE IT.
    Dish: Cranberry sauce. For as long as I can remember. I’ll be squirreling many, many bags of cranberries back to Singapore with me from this trip. My Singaporean family actually LOVES cranberry sauce – it’s so cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Breathe, relax, enjoy your celebrations – and remember that, one day, you may be like my Mom – who walked in after half a day of work to 80% of the preparations already done by adult children, spouses, and a few random childhood friends who happened to stop by. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Oh I love cranberry sauce and cranberries are actually really really hard to find in Australia too! Do they let you bring them into Singapore? You could probably not get them into Australia as they are so strict on importing and bringing back food or any natural products. Wow how blown away your Mum must have been!That is an awesome story! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Very interesting about the article that discusses how we have adapted to eating different foods over the past 10 thousand years. I am not Paleo and find it hard to believe that it is *still* the way we should be eating – although I know some swear by it! Thanks for the lovely Thanksgiving wishes!
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  3. Hi! Thanks for the thanksgiving wishes… I made a special veggie treat today ~ I’m excited for you to see it when I upload it tonight.
    I’ve never been too hyped up about a specific type of diet except lots of veggies, fruits, not a lot of unhealthy fats and sugars, grains and protein.
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  4. Thanks so much for the mention, Jess! I have an older column where I discussed the errors in the Paleo Diet concept. As you, I did not say it was bad, just based on false reasoning. Still, paleo believers attacked my discussion like I was dissing their religion:-)

    • It is amazing how it is almost a “religion” for people! And the concept can be wrong without the diet being ineffective! I’ll have to look up your older post!

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