Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving in Liberty II with People & Food Photos

This part of today's post is from my Dr Synonymous Blog titled: 

"Holistic Health: Thanksgiving Health and Eating Plan"

Did you know the Surgeon General has declared (several years ago) that families should review their Family Medical History (FMH) on Thanksgiving weekend?  The Surgeon General's Family History Initiative is the ongoing program to inform and support families in their search for information about their medical history.  Here is a web site that included helpful information for families:  Family Medical History Initiative

I inform countless patients about this initiative by the Surgeon General, also suggesting the day after Thanksgiving for the family focus, to minimize distractions about disease and body parts on Thanksgiving Day, if possible.  "If someone spews incessantly about their intestinal problems while eating the turkey and dressing, it may help to remind them to save their comments for Friday at 1 PM when we'll all review the FMH",  I suggest to them.

Many lose track of healthful eating and disease prevention strategies on Thanksgiving Day.  To them I say, remember Five, Five and Five:  Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables and five colors of food daily. Remember five major prevention strategies:  Control your blood pressure, control your weight, control your cholesterol, exercise 30 minutes four days weekly, and reduce unnecessary stress.

Remember five and five and five and the Family Medical History Initiative of the Surgeon General to have a healthful Thanksgiving.  Happy Thanksgiving!

OK, notice the five fruits and vegetables and five colors of food in the photos below taken today.  The candied apples made by my Mom (Esther-included in the first and last photos) are a family recipe of her aunt Emma Cappel, using Jonathan apples soaked in melted red hots and cinnamon then filled with Philadelphia Cream cheese and nuts. The scale says I have a ways to go for my last five of my  5-5-5- plan.

Mom and her twentieth birthday present (me) on Thanksgiving Day 2011.  Best wishes to you for great family traditions, celebrations and memories.


  1. The artists palette of foods that make the mouth water. A full recipe for Ms. Cappel's candied apples would've nicely flavored this post.

    Maybe the most difficult of the 5-5-5 is not what you can tangibly count, but the stress management. Exercise helps, but listened yesterday to a feature on a New England family farmer who described how fast food contributes to fast living and stress. Loss of Quality with the capital Q intended.

  2. Thanks, Steve, for the feedback. Good idea on Great Aunt Emma's recipe for candied apples.
    The stress reduction is somewhat nebulous as I have failed to define and clarify. That will have to be a separate post.
    I'm longing for another candied apple. Thanks again. Pat