Following up on my Tweet of the Day post from this morning, I thought I’d share something else I’ve come across today, a funny, entertaining piece at The Atlantic, from a seemingly unlikely source…their Health Editor.
I don’t know about you, but when I think “Health Editor” I think of dry information about diets and exercise regimens. The Atlantic‘s James Hamblin, MD, however, has a very accessible, natural writing style, peppered with just enough humor to keep the health-writing-averse engaged.
Well, in today’s piece, titled Answers to Every Possible Thanksgiving Health Question, Hamblin pulls out the comedy stops, resulting in a VERY fun read on a topic that could be a total wet blanket on the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Written like a traditional FAQ, here are some of my favorites (Be sure to read the whole thing, though!):
How bad is it that I stuff our turkey a few days in advance?
Bad — disgusting actually, don’t do that.
Is quinoa stuffing healthier than regular stuffing?
Yes. If regular white bread stuffing is what’s on the table, though, don’t let the words quinoa stuffing leave your mouth.
Tryptophan is what makes us sleepy?
Turkey has tryptophan, but not significantly more than chicken or beef. We fall asleep because we’re hypoglycemic and bored. If napping is a concern, go for a walk or ask an old person about their old love stories.
Alternatively (and hopefully not the case), sleep could be how you respond to stress.
How can I avoid talking to my family and just focus on what I really want: the f-o-o-d!
Please try to be more sincere. Some day you will spend the holidays alone, and it will suck.
How much gravy is “too much”?
Unless you have heart failure, don’t overthink it on the holiday. But then the fact that you’re asking makes me wonder if you’ve had issues with gravy in the past?
It’s my first vegetarian Thanksgiving. Should I make tofurkey?
Tofurkey is offensive, linguistically and culturally. If you want to eat turkey, eat turkey. Tofu doesn’t look or taste or smell like turkey at all. If you make tofu, own it and treat it like tofu and call it tofu.
Is pumpkin the new bacon?
Yes, but we’ll be mostly rid of pumpkin by March, and bacon is eternal. These are getting less like health questions. Well, I suppose that is a health question insofar as all of the pumpkin everywhere might be stressing us out. Like if you feel you can’t escape it. Seasonal pumpkin-related anxiety.
Do you need love to enjoy the holidays?
No, but if you have the opportunity and are on the fence about loving someone, do it.
I don’t normally smoke, but hey, it’s Thanksgiving, right?
Why are you putting me in this position?