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Thanksgiving Thoughts

By • Nov 13th, 2006 • Category: Vegetarianism Print Print

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Around the holidays, the media is full of suggestions about how to relax and make things easy on ourselves. Many of the stresses we’re attempting to reconcile revolve around entertaining, but we can safely add diet and family issues into the mix. Often it’s a tangled web of all of the above. Admittedly, I struggle like everyone else and, as a vegetarian, problems can unfortunately center on the food I’m preparing, or the foods I’m not preparing: that is, the enormous turkey and all the high-fat trimmings of a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

At some point in our recent history, Thanksgiving became entirely focused on consuming turkey which (sadly) now symbolizes the holiday. The tradition of Thanksgiving – of being with loved ones and giving thanks for all our blessings – struggles to maintain that original intention. I’m increasingly aware of how “the holidays” are morphing into something more superficial and hectic than ever before. In fact, these days it’s all too common to see Christmas promotions right next to the half price Halloween candy.

So, while modern American culture keeps throwing us curve balls, keeps turning up the heat and attempting to diminish all that we should truly be thankful for, including our food choices, I urge you to keep the faith. From all of us at Delicious TV’s Totally Vegetarian to all of you: wishing you peace, health, and the best vegetarian holidays ever.

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is Toni Fiore was raised by an Italian-American father and a German mother who instilled in her a sociable nature and the love of travel and of good food. She has lived in Italy and Germany and now resides in southern Maine. She is the author of: Totally Vegetarian: Easy, Fast, Comforting Cooking for Every Kind of Vegetarian
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Yes, I'm sick of it too, but isn't there anyone else out there who is the ONLY vegetarian in the family, and also the mother and main cook? I can't imagine how good it would feel to be a vegetarian in a family of vegetarians and not to have the pressure to cook meat, esp. at holidays. Maybe someday...but that's not my reality right now, so I end up cooking for them and then just eating the sides.

Paulette Lincoln-Baker
Paulette Lincoln-Baker

Amen, Toni! I am so tired of turkey being the central part of the day. How often have we heard others say, "Happy Turkey Day!" I just smile and say "Happy Tofurkey Day" (though, personally, I can't STAND that stuff.) We need to get back to focusing on what means most--it is family, love, and gratitude for all the good we have in our lives and not the menu that counts on Thanksgiving Day.

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