A Fit4God Thanksgiving Feast

Did you know that the average person gains 7 pounds between Halloween and New Year’s? Ugh! Maybe that’s why we see so many ads for gym memberships come January 2nd! No one wants to GAIN 7 pounds…in fact, most of us want to LOSE 7 pounds (or more!).But tight pants, muffin tops, and food comas aside, we all know deep down that abusing our bodies by overindulging in sugar, bad fats, and carbs during the holidays just isn’t right. But did you know that it’s downright sinful?

 God tells us this: “Learn to appreciate and give dignity to your body, not abusing it, as is so common among those who know nothing of God. God hasn’t invited us into a disorderly, unkempt life but into something holy and beautiful—as beautiful on the inside as the outside. If you disregard this advice, you’re not offending your neighbors, you’re rejecting God, who is making you a gift of his Holy Spirit.” (1 Thess. 4:4-5 and 7-8, MSG).

So, here I offer you the top 10 reasons why it’s better to be Fit4God than to do the Standard American Overeating Dance this holiday season!

1. Your immune system will stay strong so you can fend off colds and the flu.

2. Your energy will stay steady and high for all those extra activities with the kids (visiting Santa, making cards and presents, caroling, advent calendar, decorating, present wrapping) and all those holiday parties.

3. You won’t gain 7 pounds and end up with too-tight pants and a muffin top.

4. You won’t go into a food coma after the big meals, but will be up for playing Frisbee, touch football, or taking a walk in the woods.

5. You’ll set an example for others…especially your children….that it is possible to thoroughly enjoy the holidays without abusing your body.

6. You won’t feel guilt, self-loathing, or shame over what you ate.

7. You won’t experience the myriad health problems that come from overindulging on the SAD: tummy troubles, joint pain, headaches, poor sleep, irritability, fatigue, autoimmune symptoms and more.

8. You can rest easy knowing that you have not unwittingly offered foods to your kids, your loved ones, or your friends that will make them sick…either in the short term (see #7) or the long term (obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer).

9. You won’t be at the mercy of cravings and will be the only one who doesn’t keep sneaking guiltily back to the candy dish for another fix.

10. You’ll please God with your stewardship of the body he loaned you.

And now, a Fit4God Thanksgiving menu!

Dry-Brined Thanksgiving Turkey and Gravy

Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving Pork Stuffing

Sweet Potato Casserole (Dairy-Free) OR

Holiday Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes (Dairy-Free)

Broccoli Salad

Brussels Sprouts Baked with Bacon and Dill

Pumpkin Pie (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) with Real Whipped Cream or Whipped Cream (Dairy-Free)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Please share in the comments if you have used any of these recipes, how you stayed Fit4God this holiday season, and how you felt about it! Here’s to your good health!


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