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  • Ban or boycott Thanksgiving?

    Thanksgiving is a food-fest, right? A commercially driven excuse to treat our bodies badly. Hyped by retailers to make us buy stuff we don't need and is probably bad for us.

    As Primal people, shouldn't we ban it or at least boycott it?

    Be thankful, sure.
    Every day.
    I am.

    But Thanksgiving itself, no thanks! The rest of the world manages to get by without it.

    Why don't you?

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    Because turkey. I never ban noms.
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    • #3
      Turkey, green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberries, pumpkin... Nope, no boycott here. Nothing but primal. You sound awfully angry about your food.

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      • #4
        C'mon Muffin, I can understand you guys in UK not being interested in Thanksgiving, but please leave us 'Mericans our Thanksgiving, it is a deep part of our heritage. I think I can find enough primal chow to emulate the Pilgrims' celebration.
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        • #5
          Because of schedules and distance, it's one of the only times my whole family is able to get together. Everybody in the family normally has Thanksgiving day and Christmas day off. Other than that, we don't really get to see each other. I'll not be giving up my family time, thanks! But we don't eat that differently when we all come together than we normally do apart, so I don't think in our particular case it's that much of a consumer trap.

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          • #6
            For me, it's more about getting together with family that I don't see any other time but at Thanksgiving. The food is great and there are enough choices to stay primal.

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            • #7
              Turkey, sweet potatoes, greens, pumpkin pie, and the whole Fam Damily! That's what its all about, screw the rest.

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              • #8
                Lol, with the exception of cookies.( Im an addict and I will never change. ) This is probably the one time a year when eveyone in my family eats the same things I can. Veggies, Meat, and bacon wrapped appetizers!

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                • #9
                  I don't see anything wrong with celebrating good food (even to excess, it's one day) surrounded by friends and family...what I can't stand is the Black Friday crap that's now finding its way north of the border.

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                  • #10
                    A family feast seems pretty primal to me. /shrug
                    "The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love and something to hope for." - Allan K. Chalmers (1759-1834)

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                    • #11
                      wtf?

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                      • #12
                        I wasn't meaning to troll or anything. What I get to hear about is cookies, marshmallows, over-indulgence and Black Friday...all madness IMHO. Hence the comment. Also that's pretty much all I get to hear on this forum, not just generally.
                        I'm all for family time with the tribe and being thankful...we just don't have a specific once a year time to do it...although in my tribe Christmas tends to go that way (but is equally open to the commercialism comments I made)

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                        • #13
                          I don't know much about how Americans celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I get the impression that it is very similar to how Brits celebrate Christmas. I think for a lot of Brits Christmas isn't really a religious holiday (though for non-atheists it has that element), but a family holiday. It's a time for getting together and doing traditional things. Without a shadow of a doubt, food is a huge part of that, and I don't actually think there's anything wrong with it. It's a time for making more luxurious dishes and sharing them with a large group. It doesn't actually have to be about stuffing yourself past the point of comfort. For some people that's how it turns out, but that's more about personal choice than the holiday itself. I actually don't think there's anything more primal than celebrating the coldest depths of Winter with hearty food and drink and friends. Although I will say, amusingly perhaps, that I don't care for any of the traditional Christmas foods and will likely do nothing to celebrate!

                          To be honest, I'm really not a fan of people getting up on their diet high horses and looking down on everyone else. On Christmas day this year my 80-something diabetic Nan will probably have an extra glass of sherry and a piece of Christmas pudding with cream. Maybe a few Christmas chocolates and a glass of baileys too. And I hope that she enjoys every last bit of it. She's never eaten excessively, she's never been a big consumer of junk. I don't care if eating paleo or primal or whatever would make her healthier - she's one of the happiest people I've ever known, she looks great for her age and as far as I'm concerned she can eat whatever she pleases.

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                          • #14
                            Thanksgiving is my Super Bowl. I get in a workout, then eat something like 9 pounds of food. It's my chance to really show people what kind of eating I'm capable of doing. I get to freak out an entire table of people with the sheer volume of food I can consume. I love it.

                            My hosts this year are paleo/primal anyway, so it's not like there's gonna be tons of awful food. Some kind of pie, probably. I'm gonna make some sort of green bean casserole and primal-approved cheesecake concoction. I'm gonna booze a little, eat myself into a coma, doze off watching football, then repeat the cycle for the rest of the day.

                            It's gonna be awesome.

                            Oh, and I've never once gone shopping on Black Friday. I might go snowshoeing.

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                            • #15
                              [QUOTE=Mr. Anthony;1565150] I get to freak out an entire table of people with the sheer volume of food I can consume. /QUOTE]

                              I did that for years...and not just at Thanksgiving/Christmas. It explains my weight issues!

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