Unbelievable. Thanksgiving is next week. I haven't even thought about my dinner menu yet. And right now, I'm leaning toward hot dogs and baked beans with last year's unexpired box of stuffing. Hey, it's food isn't it?
Now that I'm getting older, I seem to get a bit more mushy about the intended meanings behind these "giving" holidays we celebrate - not what they've become in mainstream America. I mean, I'm eternally thankful that I have a roof over my head; a chance to move my limbs freely; (as so many others don't); a car to drive; a blog to write; talents to share. While remembering everything I'm grateful for, I can remember in recent months seeing someone who didn't have. That's what next week's holiday means to me. Who cares about food!
Ok, I really lost it there for a minute. Back to reality....Ok, food. ...I'm probably going to go through the expected, traditional Thanksgiving ritual. I'll stand on my aching legs for 8-10 hours for 2 days straight. Then I'll burn the bottom of the rice pot, like I always do. Next I'll listen to how salty this was, how bland that was and watch how quickly it takes my table mates to scoff down the meal that took 20 hours to prepare. Lastly, I'll be thankful to spend 4 hours back in the kitchen washing and drying casserole dishes while everyone else passes out on the couch with gravy drools all over their clothes. By 8pm, I don't want to see another teapot, hear another word or sample another piece of pie. Tired and full, I'll be grateful for a warm, cozy cot. Sort of like now.
Ever since I hit the 50 year old mark, I've had the hardest time remembering the simplest things...what I came into the room for; where I purchased my favorite pair of shoes that I wear to death or the name of the actor I swore I'd have a torrid love affair with if we could just made eye contact. Gee, I feel like my mother, already! I used to be an avid crossword puzzler, but who's got time to do that anymore? So, I'm now seeking a more natural, holistic approach to getting my sanity back.
Alas, there are foods that are supposed to help me shake off the amnesia. Luckily, they're all the fruits and veggies I like. So if you want to regain your memory and be able to recall what you did on August 14, 1973 at 7: 15 pm, take this journey with me. Let me know if there are any changes in your ability to do calculus again.
Memory Boosting Foods:
Best Vegetables: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, mustard greens, kale, spinach, onions, leeks red beets
Best Fruits: berries (all varieties) red, black, purple grapes, apricots, apples with the skin, black currants, plums
So, no big ole' horse pills...just good healthy veggies and fruits. I'll be able to boost my memory and lose weight. I love this already. I'll keep you posted on my progress. Off to the supermarket now to pick up some.....what am I getting again?
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