Happy Thanksgiving to you all. There is so much to be thankful for! Enjoy your feast, enjoy your family time, enjoy the festiveness and all that happens in your family traditionally on this day.
It is good to celebrate the feasts in our lives, the special, significant meals that we share with those we love. Thanksgiving is one of them, and so is Christmas dinner. In between the two, there lies Advent, a time to prepare for Christmas. Today, I would like to encourage you to follow an old tradition and fast during Advent in some way.
Feasts can only be significant if not every meal is a banquet. Feasting as well as fasting are part and parcel of many (all?) religious traditions, and it should come as no surprise that it is good for us to not always eat as much as we can hold, and to not always abstain from most things. It is also good to break routine every once in a while and prove to ourselves that we CAN do without coffee for four weeks, or without tea, or without chocolate, or without dessert, or without meat, or without fast food.
Simplify your dietary habits so that feasts like today stand out as significant. Alternate feast and fast. Enjoy the times of plenty, and the times of restraint. It will strengthen your mind as well as your body.