The wrapping paper has been sent to the recycling, the tree is enjoying a second career as a bird feeder, the guests have all gone home…do you pick up a book and spend the day in front of the fireplace? Or go for a walk? Or catch the post-Christmas sales. Whatever you do, you will be haunted with the question---what am going to do with all those leftovers? You can only eat so many turkey sandwiches…I like mine on sourdough with a little mayo and cranberry sauce dusted with a sprinkle of poultry seasoning—yum!

Gluten free, low sugar, no fat---doesn't that sound like a yummy Thanksgiving dinner? We could be describing a trend in modern dieting, however, what we are talking about is the first Thanksgiving. When coloring hand traced turkeys and making paper bag vests in elementary school we learned that the Pilgrims and Native Americans gathered for a feast when their harvest was complete. We pictured the long tables laden with foods familiar to us—turkey, potatoes, pumpkin pie…but in reality their feast was quite different.

A 5 pound weight gain is inevitable during the holiday season…MYTH! Actually, according to the National Institute of Health, http://www.nichd.nih.gov, the average American gains just under 1 pound during the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That's the good news. The bad news is that most of us never lose that 1 pound and if we are in the overweight category we are more likely to gain 5 or more pounds during the holiday season. What causes this weight gain you might ask?

WHY SCHOOL LUNCH?

Ah, Halloween is just around the corner. I know you want to be good neighbors/friends/family and give the little kiddos healthy treats—but you don't want to be "that house" (the house that only gives out apples). I did a little research into "healthy Halloween treats" and it made me think of what I find to be the most humorous time of year in the checkout lane. The time when every magazine touts, "simplify Christmas—make your gifts this year". I don't know about you but I find that statement side-splittingly , laugh out loud funny.