issue 007

Thanksgiving is on my mind.

This week, I’ll be sharing a bit about my Thanksgiving prep over on Instagram. You can follow along by following me at @abigailmurrish. I’d love to see your Thanksgiving feast and preparation on IG, either in your feed or your stories. Tag me at @abigailmurrish and use the hashtag #givenappetites. Happy, happy feasting!

on my mind // Go Ahead, Eat Your Holiday Feelings (via NYT).

For a while, I’ve been mulling over the idea of writing an article about why I think it’s ok to emotionally eat. Then, Christy Harrison wrote this for the NYT, bringing solid research and thoughtful commentary. It’s just terrific and what I needed this week of Thanksgiving. 

“Eating emotionally, which conventional wisdom says is dysfunctional and even pathological, is actually just a normal part of being human. We don’t turn to food in response to negative feelings because we’re broken or out of control, or because food is addictive… 

In our body- and diet-obsessed culture, it’s a widely held belief, even among those who don’t consider themselves dieters, that it’s healthier and more righteous to eat less: fewer sweets, fewer processed foods, fewer carbohydrates (or whatever the latest fad diet prescribes), fewer foods consumed for any reason other than pure survival. 

In the minds of many, restriction is a sign of discipline and health. But ironically, people who are restricting their eating are actually more likely to engage in stress eating. And this behavior tends to dissipate or disappear when the deprivation stops.”

FYI, I had a tough time pulling up this link in Google Chrome. The only way I could get the link to work was by reading it in an incognito window. Well worth the effort. 

in my feed // @simoncholland

Following more funny accounts on IG has been one of the best decisions I made in 2019. Enjoy mashing some potatoes this week.

Mashed potato season is upon us. Let us be thankful.
November 5, 2019

from my life // How Did You Win Great British Bake Off? (via Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness) and Marginalia (from me and my New City Cincy co-workers!)

I know I’m late to the party with JVN’s podcast, but this episode was an absolute *delight.* Perfect listening while prepping for Thanksgiving.

Also, I’m working on a little podcast with the staff of my church called Marginalia. It’s a show that runs in tangent with our Sunday worship at New City Cincy, but it’s also designed to be listened to on its own. If you want to give it a listen, find it here or on iTunes. I’m particularly excited about this week’s episode which should come out Wednesday morning. 

a final word // a benediction from Robert Farrar Capon (abridged by yours truly)

“I wish you well. May your table be graced with lovely women and good men. May you drink well enough to drown the envy of youth in the satisfactions of maturity.

We are great, my friend; we shall not be saved for trampling that greatness under foot.

Come then; leap upon these mountains, skip upon these hills and heights of earth. The road to Heaven does not run from the world, but through it.

Eat well then. Between our love and His Priesthood, He makes all things new, Our Last Home will be home indeed.”