Eat, drink, and be grateful

Seize the moment.  Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.      ~Erma Bombeck

We are heading towards our traditional holiday, Thanksgiving, when we give thanks and share our bounty, namely food and drink.  I recently caught a TV soundbite that Americans will consume roughly 4500 calories in this one meal.  It’s distressing enough to know that it takes 3500 calories to gain a pound of body weight, but there’s also an extra 1000 calories to amass on my frame.  This year I’m planning the meal, but I realized the first items on the menu considered are the desserts.  I already know the entree and side dishes.  They’re what the pilgrims ate.  Let’s talk about the pies and cakes.  Pumpkin pie alone doesn’t cut it for me.  My mouth waters for a cardamon cream cake.  Enough said!  This year I refuse to fall victim to debauchery.  I have decided to replace the whole turkey with a lean turkey breast.  However, there’s also a humbling aspect to this self imposed predicament.  I’m humbled that I have the good fortune to consider copiousness to be a “problem”.

Happy Thanksgiving.