The idea in having a happier Thanksgiving meal is to choose different ways to socialize during the family reunion. What do most people listen to as they eat their Thanksgiving meal --family voices or relaxing music? Our family listens to Beethoven's music or Debussy over the Thanksgiving meal served between noon and 2 pm. You can find plenty of free relaxing music to listen to on uTube.
What's the worse time during the Thanksgiving meal when a family argument breaks out? It's between the last savory course and the dessert. Or it's when alcohol is guzzled at the Thanksgiving table along with the turkey instead of green tea or hot cocoa.
What's that push-hot-button time in your family, if any? When the baby screams or when an old memory is brought up that you'd rather not mention out of respect? Or when the table manners aren't what you'd wish?
For example, check out, nine minutes on uTube of Beethoven's relaxing music: Beethoven Relaxation music. Or listen to 10 minutes of this relaxing music by Beethoven, Relaxation Music- Beethoven Baroque(version 2).
There are dozens of relaxing music on uTube, free to listen to while you eat your Thanksgiving meal. It sure puts the kabosh on any family screams from kids or annoying arguments to eat with the background of soothing music therapy for the digestion, nervous system, and the brain.
Makes you kind of breathe easier as you eat each course. Maybe you need 38 minutes of this relaxing vortex in nature, Tranquility: Time-Vortex - Music United with Nature. Some people actually meditate between courses as they eat Thanksgiving dinner or lunch. Try, Peace Message Stephen Ward Pachelbel's Canon Classical music piano. Or try Mozart's relaxing music, Mozart - Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c) II: Andanti.
All this music is free on uTube to listen to on Thanksgiving while you eat, meditate, or say your thanks. Even if you turn the volume down low to inspire conversation or meditation, the music is for relaxation while you eat or after your meal while you share memories that inspire other people to want to hear what you have to say between bites or after the meal.
Perhaps the best way to spend Thanksgiving is to paint pumpkins or listen to slow, rhythmic classic music that makes you feel relaxed, such as the 50 to 60-beats-per minute tunes you hear in some 18th and early 19th century music such as the instrumentals (without voices or fast beats).
You can buy CDs for relaxation, such as the selections from Advanced Brain Technologies selections of music that helps to sync your heart beats in the slow, classical melodies on their CDs. See, Advanced Brain Technologies - Transforming lives through sound. And check out, Music for Concentration and Music to De-Stress. Listen to this brief sample of a relaxing melody as you eat. Or listen to this short sample of music from Advanced Brain Technologies for inspiring thinking.
If you don't want to buy any music, you can at least listen to to what's free on uTube, which are plenty of relaxing music from Beethoven and Mozart or Salieri to music for meditation combining the sounds of nature--birds, rain, ocean waves, and other sounds of nature combined with relaxing music or ethnic music from Native American to any other world music uploaded.
Thanksgiving can be a time for you to escape to a musical sanctuary where calm, consistent rhythms restore harmony to mind, body and spirit. Maybe you need to listen to a delicate blend of expertly orchestrated Mahler arrangements, combined with soothing ocean sounds, melt away stress and anxiety achieving serenity and balance as you eat your Thanksgiving meal.
According to a November 22, 2011 University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, news release based on a National Institutes of Health study about building strong families, published November 14 in the current issue of the Journal of Extension, Happy, feel-good holiday seasons start with healthy choices at Thanksgiving, nutrition experts say, MU experts note that happy, feel-good holiday seasons start with healthy choices at Thanksgiving.
Why do most people only gain about a pound of weight during the holiday season? According to researchers at the University of Missouri, that pound may never come off, increasing the likelihood of becoming overweight or obese and the risk of related health problems, according to a recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) study. University of Missouri dietitians recommend families maintain healthy diet and exercise habits during the holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving.
Donna Mehrle, registered dietitian and extension associate in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, reminds people to consider how they feel when they eat healthy foods and are physically active, so they’re more likely to continue those behaviors when holiday stress and cold weather offer convenient excuses. Feeling better is a great motivator, she says, according to the UM news release.
“People can continue their healthy habits by being aware of their food choices at the Thanksgiving table and identifying time commitments that may interrupt their regular exercise schedules,” Mehrle said in the press release. "Choosing different ways to socialize can be a great strategy. Playing a game of flag football or participating in a 5K race as a family, rather than having another big dinner or TV marathon, are enjoyable ways to incorporate physical activity on Thanksgiving Day.”
Cindy Deblauw, registered dietitian and extension associate in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, offers tips for healthy Thanksgiving-themed celebrations in schools. Parents and teachers can help children develop healthy habits by providing them with opportunities to make good choices, she says in the news release.
“At classroom parties, try moving the focus away from food by planning fun activities such as pumpkin painting or a Thanksgiving play,” Deblauw said, according to the news release. “It is usually activities, not food, that make parties memorable for children. When food is served, be sure healthy choices such as fruits and vegetables are provided and limit the amount of high-sugar and high-fat foods.”
MU nutrition experts offer additional tips for a healthier Thanksgiving:
Eat healthily throughout the day and have a small, high-protein snack such as an apple with peanut butter, a hardboiled egg or yogurt, so you’re not overly hungry when you arrive for dinner.
Make simple swaps such as whole-wheat bread rather than white, brown or wild rice rather than white, or a yogurt parfait instead of another piece of pie. Enjoy some of your favorite seasonal treats, but use a small plate to control portion sizes. If you do overindulge, try to maintain perspective. One day of overeating won’t make you gain weight, so plan to get back on track with healthy eating and regular exercise the next day. For more tips on healthy and inexpensive holiday celebrations, visit the Missouri Families site's holiday nutrition articles page.