Fall is flying by and Thanksgiving is next Thursday! The holiday season used to be a touchy time of year for me. Back when I was struggling with an eating disorder, holidays weren’t seen as a joyous celebration of friends, food, and family. Instead, the food aspect of the season took over and caused me great anxiety and guilt. These worrisome feelings prevented me from truly enjoying everything about the season.
Most people don’t have an eating disorder that prevents them from enjoying Thanksgiving, but many struggle with body image issues and to have a holiday that revolves around feasting on plethora of food, these issues can arise. It isn’t hard to understand why one may feel this way due to a menu of excessive sugars, saturated and trans fats, and simple carbs. A typical American Thanksgiving does not provide much nutritional value, as many feel the guilt and remorse after stuffing themselves of empty calories. I used to feel this way. In fact, I either felt guilty about having a slice of pie or sweet potato casserole, or I prevented myself from enjoying the fall food, torturing myself in the process. Either way, the holiday revolved negatively around food.
Thanks to my lifestyle change of clean eating though, I have been able to shift my focus back to the important matters of Thanksgiving: appreciation, thanks, warmth, friends, family, love….I am rather excited this year as well, since I will be doing the cooking. It is going to be a clean-eating, plant-based holiday, full of healthy, good for you food. No more feelings of guilt, remorse, punishment, anxiety, etc. Knowing that the food prepared will be delicious and nutritious, I am fully anticipating this holiday and the wonderful food that entails.
I’ve gathered a collection of recipes for Thanksgiving that you can use in your own clean-eating, vegan meals. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone (including the spared turkey).
VEGAN THANKSGIVING MEALS (Clean Eating, Refined Sugar, Gluten Free Options)