I am totally, horrifically late posting your “I’m Thankful for” for Thanksgiving… On top of that, there were so many entries, I picked 70. There’s no possible way I could fit them all into one post. And, yet, even though I’m late, I thought about it and we should be thankful for so many things. And not just on Tryptophan Awareness Day (aka Thanksgiving).

And you are.

You are thankful for…

So much
I am thankful for my best friend and hubby, Chris, and my health. When my cholesterol tested high last year, my PCP suggested I have a Heart Vue scan done. I did and I have zero plaque and the heart of a 30 year old (I am 52).

As cliche as it may sound, I am thankful for so many things, it’s difficult to pin-point just one…my relatively good (LOL) health, my hard-working husband, my loving daughter, a flexible work environment, simply having a job, good friends near and far …. But the one thing I am most thankful for lately is my sister, Lisa. She and I have been through a lot together the past few years – some good and some bad, but we always know that we have each other to depend upon, and that is so important. My sister is truly my best friend. We know each other better than anyone (probably even more than our spouses!), and we never have to tip-toe around issues – we can just say what we feel. Unconditional love is the best! My sister lives clear across the country, and I don’t get to see her as much as we’d both like. Fortunately with cell phones, skype and the internet – we stay connected. This Thanksgiving, I am so thankful to have my sister…and I’m going to make sure to tell her, because I probably don’t say it enough.

I am most thankful for the adult daycare center that takes my dad (w/Alzheimer’s) Monday through Friday. I would go insane without them!!!!

I am thankful for waking up inthe morning, having a job to go to and having a great family to share my holidays with.

I am thankful that through my special needs daughter I have learned to be a lot more compassionate and accepting of people and children. they are hard lessons to learn -painful in the process – but today i am grateful.

I am thankful my Mom let me hang out in the kitchen and learn to cook, even though I now know I was a huge obstacle and made more mess than a hurricane! Her patience and sharing has led to a lifetime passion for which I can now pass on the gift of cooking skills. Knowing how to cook and feed yourself (and family) is a foundation to life.

I’m thankful for the ability to put food on the table this Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for a great husband who has served this country in the military for nearly 13 years. He has sacrificed so much of his life to protect this country and to keep our freedoms in tact. He is a great provider and does all he can to take care of us in every way, shape and form.

I am thankful my underwear ain’t wool…

I am thankful that my life is very different from before. After many years of struggle and lots of moments of self-doubt, and a few more really crappy relationships – I’m finally in a good place. There are so many more layers to this, but I did come out of the other side a victor. To me, every day is Thanksgiving (minus the belly ache from overindulgence).

I am thankful for music. Church hymns, my favorite bands, instruments. I can’t imagine life without music.

I give thanks for the United States and all our freedoms! (Also those that have made and still make those possible!)

I am thankful for so many invitations to go somewhere for Thanksgiving dinner! (since I’m in the middle os moving . . . )

I am most thankful for my family and good friends. I am very blessed.

I am so thankful for the internet. It never fails to amaze me that I can find the answers to almost all my questions just be asking the “Great Google”. It has also brought me great joy and countless awesome meals by way of blogs and web sites especially like “Your Lighter side”

I am thankful to be moving into a new-to-me 6 bedroom house in December! We have been living in a two bedroom bungalo and we’re getting cramped over here! 🙂

I am thankful for my family.

I am so thankful for my dog from the animal shelter. She has kept me sane during a rough spot in life, and brings me joy and laughter every day with her antics.

I am thankful for my two wild, full of life, beautiful children. They bring me happiness everyday.

I’m very thankful for my cats. Unconditional love!

I am incredibly thankful for my family – my husband, my kids, my parents, my brother. I have such a strong network and they always have my back, no matter what! I’m very lucky to have so much love in my life.

I am most thankful for my husband. Although we’ve had our rough spots, he is and will be always my best friend. We have been together for 39 years.

I am thankful for my sister-friend and my fiance’ who together – along with supportive low carb communities – have helped me regain my health, vitality, and desire to continue life again!

I am thankful for my wonderful family.

I’m thankful for another day with my family especially since this might be the last Thanksgiving and Christmas she will spend with us. She has spots on her lung that are not curable.

I am most thankful for a healthy family.

I am most thankful for my amazing, fabulous, incredible family. Oh, and bacon. 🙂

I am most thankful for my husband. We experienced quite a few life changes in the last 2 years and he has been my rock, my support and my best friend through it all.

Jamie, I’m thankful for so many things but number one is my family! They’ve been with me through the very thick and the very thin and no matter what, they’re my network and my cheering squad.

I’m thankful that both my boys will be with us for Thanksgiving. My oldest lived outstate for a few years, and in March my youngest son will be joining the Marines.

I am thankful that there is no setback in my life that can make me lose sight of the love I share with my family and friends.

I am so thankful that my youngest step-son will be flying here to spend the holiday with us. He is in his early 20’s and having a very hard time dealing with life. I hope we can provide some peace and a nice break for him.

I am most thankful for being able to spend time with my family and friends this holiday.

I am very much looking forward to my sister in law and my niece flying in for the holiday. I lost my brother last year. He was my only sibling. However every time I look upon my dear little nieces face I realize I stil

l see his smile! What a blessing!

I’m thankful that although my Mom has dementia and doesn’t always know for sure who I am, she’s always happy to see me and knows I belong! I’m also thankful for family and friends that help care for her and Stepfather so Mom doesn’t have to be in a nursing home….

I’m thankful for my loving husband and the fact that soon he won’t have to work nights anymore…
Mary Anna

Still having my parents alive to spend Thanksgiving with us!

I’m thankful for two AMAZING people in my life who love me like crazy, no matter what! …And bacon. Wait, that’s two things… Ok, we’ll go with the amazing people thing.

I am so thankful for my husband. He has stood by me through things that you can’t even imagine. He has been so supportive to me and believed in me even when I had totally given up hope on myself.

One thing I am thankful for is a family who is so supportive of living a “lighter life” with me, and committing to eating healthy year round!

I am so happy that this year I can say that I have a job. Last year this time I had been unemployed for a year and a half and my unemployment was running out. Without sounding pathetic I gotta tell you that my beloved cat of 7 years developed diabetes and fatty liver disease around this time . My mom helped me to pay for vet bills and he ended up with a liver biopsy and a feeding tube for a few days. But even with me hand feeding him for a month and giving insulin shots I had to have him put down a week before Christmas.

I got a job as a Social Worker again (yay) in May and am working to keep handicapped people in the community and out of nursing homes. And I got a kitten right before Christmas! So this year is VERY different from the last. I have been low carbing and LOVE your recipes. I don’t always stick to my diet but I have you guys to give me hope.

I am most thankful for my family. No matter what they’re here for me and I do my bets to be there for them.

I am thankful for my beautiful children who have been such a sport helping around the house since I am a single mom who decided to go back to school full time along with working full time. Without them I would never have time to study or have a clean house. I am looking forward to my holiday/semester break to spend some well-deserved time with them and to show my appreciation.

Just one thing I am thankful for…….my faith!

I’m thankful for my Savior.

I am thankful for my mother’s relatively good health. (2009 Thanksgiving she was recovering from a mastectomy, 2010 from a broken hip, 2011 no major problems)

I am thankful for finding low carb living plan, Atkins – followed by your site, among others, that has provided friendships, comrads to commiserate with, and great recipes. All of this has changed my life back to being full of energy and excitement for living. I was in a bad way 2 years ago. I am so happy now.

I’m thankful for all the support, education, information and recipes available online to make eating lowcarb so much easier and more enjoyable.

I’m thankful for my family’s health! And stevia!

This year I am most thankful for my health. As I see people every day with health problems I’m thankful for a low-carb lifestyle that prevents things like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. And thanks to YOU and your website it is much easier to navigate so THANK YOU TOO 🙂

I’m thankful for all of the low-carb support and motivation.

I’m thankful for all of the health benefits being low-carb has brought me.

I am thankful for my family’s health this Thanksgiving. We have all been eating healthier, have lost weight & have added years to our lives.

I am thankful for low carb because it has given me my life back. I am down 91lbs in 10 months, have normal blood sugar and no longer have high blood pressure.

One thing I am thankful for this holiday season is my recent weight loss… Definitely feeling that I am in a better place and my health is the most important thing to me at the moment.

I am so thankful for my good health that allows me to serve my family and others.

I’m thankful that my mom doesn’t have cancer since treatment.

I am grateful for you and your wonderful advice and luscious recipes. You are the one who keeps me enjoying my lo-carb lifestyle. There are always mini-cheesecakes in my frige, for any emergency. Thank you!

I’m most thankful for the very basic fact that I’m alive and feeling better than I have in years–may not sound clever, but the disease I have was supposed to have killed me years ago.

I am so thankful for your recipes! You think of everything.

One thing that I am thankful for is that I decided to go low carb again (with a Paleo focus this time) and that I found your blog so that I can still enjoy some of my favorite recipes. The last time that I went low carb (2004), I lost 80 lbs, but I wound up gaining it all back (and then some) because I couldn’t enjoy the foods that I love. Thanks to your blog (and a few others that I use regularly), I am now able to enjoy so many more foods and have lost 68 lbs thus far! I’ve always thought that my PCOS was a curse, but if I think about what it has helped me discover in terms of food, health, and fitness, I can think of it as a blessing from here on out. If I didn’t have PCOS, I would probably still be eating SAD and be quite unhealthy and not even know it.

I am thankful for all my new Paleo/Primal/Low carb friends that I have made this year!

I am thankful for good health. I had a crummy 4 years of bloodwork and testing. Its wonderful to be feeling well again and losing weight.

I’m so thankful I found your blog. The recipes are great! The posts are encouraging and I have lost 40# since being diagnosed with PCOS and changing to a low carb way of eating. Still have way more to lose, but its an incredible feeling to see the scale numbers go DOWN rather than continuously creeping UP! I even received kudos on my weight loss from my Endo!

One thing I’m thankful for is access to health care. I have had a trying year health-wise, and I can’t imagine what it would be like having to limit my care due to health care or insurance issues. It’s one thing I would have definitely taken for granted had I not relied on it so much this year.

I am grateful my husband has recovered from his near-death experience due to chemo! After receiving chemo only 3 times, he became bedridden and comatose. It took several weeks before he was able to talk, walk, or eat by himself again. Amazingly, he is now back to normal. I feel like this window of time is a gift.

I am so grateful this year to have started working with a naturopath who turned me on to, among other things, the low carb lifestyle. I am on a journey to wellness, and it’s wonderful to feel good again! It’s truly a blessing.

I’m thankful for being introduced to this way of eating.

The one thing I am most thank full for is.. Having lived thu.. This horrible Chemo. Since June I have completed 3 rounds of 3 day of CHEMO.. 2 slapped me in the hospital..first time it caused a bleeding ulcer inside my tummy.. Almost took me out,,I had 2 hrs left they told me in E.R … I got to the hosp and had to have 7 units of blood… Then 6 weeks of healing.. next round..3 days

… Back in the hospital as my blood did not come back up as it should… Plateletts were….1….not good…. White cells were..0.7…really not good.. So I was put in the hosp for 7 days to keep me away from anyone that might sneeze around me.. As Dr said he could not save me if I got sick as I had nothing in my blood to work with..yikes.. Ok.. Round three this time he only did a 1/2 dose.. And it did not do anything crazy ..THANK GOD… Then the P.E.T. Scan showed body was clear of cancer. We were SHOUTING FOR JOY….. Again THANK GOD.. Now on Dec 5th I must go down to Atlanta, GA and be briefed for .. MY ….BLOOD MARROW TRANSPLANT I ask does it ever end..?? Dr said if I did not do this the cancer will come back.. So.. This old gal is going to have it done.. So all that said…. I AM VERY THANKFUL TO BE HERE RIGHT NOW.. ENJOYING ALL YOUR LOW CARB RECIPES… That hot dog thing is going to happen tonight for dinner…can’t wait…

What I’m thankful for: you and your blog, which provides wonderful recipes to help me stick with my “low carb lifestyle”

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