In the season of Thanksgiving, there are a lot of things we think to give thanks for. Let’s take a minute to also think about how thankful we are for health, our health journey, and all the positive things that have happened this year. It is a combination of so many people, resources, and a commitment to ourselves that impact our health every day.
Thankful for Having the Right Foods
Amazing foods help fuel your body and give it the nutrition it needs. Fruits and vegetables provide natural vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Protein sources help ensure you keep your strength and muscle mass. Grains give you energy. Other elements such as vitamins and supplements are there to ensure your nutrition is at its peak and that you feel well.
Thankful for Supportive Friends
Supportive friends can be the key to any health journey. We all have those days where we don’t want to move or just want to eat cheese fries. The days we think we are a failure. And we all have those supportive friends – the people who pick you up, hold you accountable and motivate you day in and day out. Be thankful for them.
Thankful for Movement
Even though we may grumble or complain about going to the gym or working out with a friend, we should be thankful for the opportunity to move in whatever capacity we can. Movement that leads to increased strength, health and stress relief is something to be grateful for.
Thankful for Family
Your family may not be perfect – no family is! Sometimes they don’t get it. Sometimes they don’t remember to ask you how your day was or how you are feeling, but at the end of the day, they are here for you and they have your best interests in mind.
Thankful for Your Healthcare Team
Doctors, nurses, dietitians, social workers… Where would we be without them? The doctor that finds a new treatment path to help you on your journey. The dietitian who sends you some extra recipes to get you through the holidays. The social worker who leads an impactful group that teaches you tools to stay on track. Your healthcare team is part of your support system!
Thankful for the Body You Have
Very few people feel they have the perfect body. Take a moment to be thankful for the body you have. You may be thankful for your strong legs that can help you move every day. You may be thankful for a clear mind when you wake up to begin the day ahead. You may be thankful for the flexibility your body has to be able to sit on the floor and play with your kids. Be thankful for where you are today in your journey of life and health.
Thankful for Your Commitment to Your Own Health Journey
At the end of the day, it’s all about you. You are the one who takes care of yourself, makes decisions and is committed to your health. Amongst all the support and resources out there, it’s always YOU who makes it happen. Be thankful for yourself , your journey and your progress.