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Appetite for Gratitude: Three Questions to Express Green Thanks this Thanksgiving

From local turkeys to seasonal root crops, Thanksgiving gifts us with a list of seasonal opportunities to green the holiday. While these all rank tangible, important actions to take, let’s not miss the golden green opportunity rooted in the inherent concept of Thanksgiving: gratitude.

A mindset of green gratitude emphasizes positive abundance, relishing the glass half full perspective. An important concept to keep on the front burner, especially as tanking economies fuel table conversations that tend to serve up sentiments of fear, scarcity and deprivation.

Add a dash of green reflection and gratitude to your Thanksgiving table by throwing these three questions on eating and drinking better into the conversation mix:

1. What new local food did you discover this year?
Thanks to the burgeoning local food scene, it’s easy to continually discover new locally produced food options you may never have thought of before. For me, a favorite discovery was Sibby’s ice cream, Wisconsin-made and the first organic soft serve ice cream in the country.

2. What bad food habit did you give up or replace?
The corollary for finding new good food options is continually sifting out the bad ones, working towards healthier replacements or – if you can muster – giving them up entirely. Not necessarily the worst of habits, but I am trying to cut back on my coffee habit, even if they are Fair Trade, organic beans from Equal Exchange, savoring one morning cup and switching to green tea the rest of the day.

3. What’s your most memorable meal of 2008?
I know, this is a hard question to narrow down to one answer for us foodies, but the answers undoubtedly prompt some reflective discussion. Is it your favorite meal because of the food you ate – or people you shared it with – or both? My favorite meals tend to cluster around the summer potlucks we host on our farm, sharing and savoring the peak of summer flavor.

Photo credit: John Ivanko

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