Now is the perfect opportunity to put three terrific turkey time tips to use! I absolutely love this festive time of year. Time spent with my family gets me excited and this is when it happens! Since my RA (rheumatoid arthritis) diagnosis, I have worked hard to fashion my days to be able to enjoy what I value and just let go of what may impede that from happening. I’ve been deliberate trying this or that to find what works and what doesn’t. When I find something that works, I note it for future reference!
Living successfully with an autoimmune disease is a process, and preparing Thanksgiving dinner is an example of this process! It didn’t take long for me to recognize stress, even “good stress” could cause me to have an arthritic flare. What I mean by “good stress” is the fun anticipation, positive energy, and robust activity that ends up too much for my body to handle. I’ve learned to step back to carefully plan and simplify the preparation to thoroughly enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.
These are my Three Terrific Turkey Time Tips:
- Here is tip number one. Managing the turkey itself. I order a large fresh bird from the local grocer and pick it up Thanksgiving morning. This arrangement eliminates the need to clear a spot in the refrigerator for the turkey to thaw. A frozen turkey has always been awkward and painful to hold with my RA and Raynaud’s. Picking the fresh bird up Thanksgiving morning is the most efficient way to handle the turkey. If my hands aren’t working so well, a family member can pick it up. I can then go straight to prepping it for the oven.
- Tip number two is sticking with my traditional menu. I’ve always loved experimenting with new recipes and presentations of the meal in the past, but what started out as a fun experiment would ultimately cause my stress level to rise! I’ve decided I can do without that! And really, the traditional menu is simply amazing. Those were our son’s very words last year! Here are some traditional recipes from MY RECIPES. All of my personal recipes are the little-bit-of-this-and -a-little-bit-of-that kind forever etched in my memory, which makes cooking the meal so enjoyable and seamless.
- The third tip is to prepare enough of each dish to enjoy 2 days. My family loves the leftovers and that gives me some time to rest with the holiday atmosphere still fully charged! The good vibes that come with sharing time together as a family has got to be good, not only for the soul but the immune system as well!
Do not forget the reason for the special day. Remembering all we have to be thankful and grateful for is good for the soul and immune system too. Take time to reflect on all the blessings!
I’d love to hear your terrific turkey time tips for a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration! Please, enter them in the comments below. I get such great suggestions and ideas from my RA friends.
I wish you an enjoyable, yet dialed back time preparing for your holiday! XXOO Cathy