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Giving Thanks


Thanksgiving is more than just eating too much that you have to unbutton your pants or falling asleep in front of the football game on TV. It is the time of the year for us to give thanks for what we have.

Here is what I have to give thanks for this year. Since this is a blog about nutrition and health, I will try to keep it within context and not list EVERYTHING I am thankful for.

  • A healthy baby. As most of you know, I had my first baby in June, Basil Oscar Gidus. He is by far the most precious, beautiful baby I have ever seen (no bias here). He has 10 fingers and 10 toes, but even if he didn't he would have been perfect. He came out healthy and has been growing and developing just as he should be. He is rolling over like a champ and before long I am sure he will be walking and then running before we know it.
  • A healthy pregnancy. From start to finish, I had an extremely healthy pregnancy. I felt great with lots of energy and no complications. I am so thankful for my health and do not take it for granted.
  • A healthy delivery (do you sense a theme). Seriously, though, I have to mention this, too. Delivering a baby is one of life's greatest moments, but for many people it is scary and painful. I have to say it was a pleasure. One word: EPIDURAL!
  • A healthy husband. I thank God every night for putting me together with the most amazing man. Stephen is a marathon runner and understands how important it is to keep yourself in shape and healthy.
  • My parents. Now that I am a parent, I realize how much goes into parenting. As I said in my Family Meals post, the role modeling of parents is so important in many areas of life, including nutrition. I am thankful for being raised enjoying healthy food.
  • My career. I wasn't sure how much I was going to want to or be able to work after having Basil. While I love spending every minute I can with the little guy, it is nice to work, too. I was able to land the job as the Team Dietitian for the Orlando Magic this year as well as pick up some other great consulting jobs.
I hope you are able to take a few minutes to think about what you are thankful about this year.
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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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