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Thank You, Sandwich. You Are Delicious.

October 9, 2012 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian

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Summer is well behind us and autumn is bursting out around us.This is my favourite time of year. The air is clear and crisp, the sun is often shining and the leaves on the trees scream out in a harmony of warm hues that remind me that it’s time to take my kids to the pumpkin patch. This is the season of being thankful.

Thanksgiving Day was born as a celebration of the “bountiful harvest” of the year’s crops. While many of us have lost the connection between the food on our plates and the farm that it came from, we’ve retained the notion of reflecting on (even if it’s for just a moment) the meal in front of us, the people around us and the opportunities that life puts before us.

I think it’s unfortunate that now that Thanksgiving is over, many people will wait for this time next  year to again appreciate all that we have. Therefore, when it comes to being thankful for people in my life, I’m a proponent of creating opportunities to show them my appreciation. This got me to thinking about food and how seldom it’s truly appreciated. We’re thankful for big turkey dinners, but don’t show much thankfulness for, by example, sandwiches. In many cases, our day-to-day food choices go unappreciated three times a day, everyday. If I was food, I’d feel awful!

The next time you’re looking at your sandwich, say out loud “Thank you, sandwich. You’re delicious.” As you become more experienced at making compliments, you can be more specific: “Your whole grain bread is so crusty, your meat is tender and your veggies are crisp. You have just the right amount of mustard.” When you truly appreciate the everyday foods that nourish your body, it’s easier to continue making those healthy choices. It’s hard not to want something if you appreciate it!

I don’t want to imply that your food is needy, but it could use a little “thanks”. It does a lot for you. What have you done for it lately?

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