Giving Thanks For Food: It’s Not Just for Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 17 2010 - 3:46am by Mike Lieberman

Most people only give thanks for their food during their Thanksgiving (or other holiday) meals. It’s usually done as an afterthought.

My question is why is being thankful for the food on our plate part of our daily routines? Why is it something reserved for Thanksgiving?

To me this is another example of how disconnected we’ve become from our food source. Thanksgiving is usually a time when friends and families congregate together to be thankful for each other. Giving thanks for the food is done as a, “Oh yea thanks for this food too.”

The feasts that are set out on our tables likely contain ingredients that have been compiled and traveled from all over the world. Let’s not mention what has happened to them during their journey – between the hormones in the turkeys and the sprays on the veggies. (Ok, so I mentioned it)

Giving thanks for food is an act that has been all but lost. I’m not saying that it should be a religious thing because I am far from religious.

What I am saying is that the food that sits on most of our tables, we have come to take for granted. We have no connection to it, nor understand the true importance of it. It’s just there and we expect it to be there on a daily basis.

One of the great parts about Thanksgiving is that it brings friends and families together to share food and enjoy each others company. For most, it’s a great time to kick back and relax from the daily grind.

That celebration and sharing of food is something that shouldn’t be reserved solely for holidays. Food is communal. It brings people together.

So this Thanksgiving when you are sitting around the table be sure to give thanks for your food. The next day give thanks for it again before you eat. Do the same the day after that.

You know what else you should also start to do? Grow some of your own. Just one plant and you’ll become much more appreciative and have a better connection with the food that’s on your table.