A Thanksgiving bounty

Thursday, Nov. 23 is Thanksgiving Day – when we give thanks for all we have as a nation and as individuals. It also ushers in the frenetic holiday season and our continuing love-hate relationship with food. Virta Health (virtahealth.com)—an online specialty medical clinic that helps patients reverse type 2 diabetes without surgery or medication—has some practical tips for having your pumpkin pie (and eating it, too):

  1. Choose healthier substitutes, like mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes.
  2. Acknowledge your food cravings as suppressing them will only make them stronger.
  3. Take a break halfway through your meal to assess your fullness. We at WAG like to gear up for dessert with a walk first.
  4. Go easy on the alcohol and remember to drink a full glass of water between drinks.
  5. Don’t self-shame if you overindulge. It’s just one day. And you can always counterbalance with some exercise.

Like a round of golf. Golf brand TaylorMade (taylormadegolf.com) says Black Friday is, um, Taylor made for some time on the links and notes that Saxon Woods Golf Course is a 10-minute drive from The Westchester while Falkirk Golf Club is but a four-minute drive from Woodbury Commons in Woodbury, New York. How clever. So there. No excuses.

For those whose sport is art, take a tip from these calendar suggestions from November WAG:

Nov. 24 through Dec. 23

The ninth annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village. The cherished town tradition continues at Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, where visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, meet the reindeer and also ride on the Winter Wonderland Carousel and the North Pole Polar Express Train. Times vary, 437 North St.; greenwichreindeerfestival.com

Nov. 26

Cap the Thanksgiving weekend on an artistic note at The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art with a tour led by exhibitions director Richard Klein. Discover an international collection of contemporary photography, get an insider’s look at a 23-foot-high architectural environment occupied by artists and immerse yourself in a mixed-media exhibition inspired by the craft categories of Connecticut’s Durham Fair. 2 p.m., 258 Main St., Ridgefield; 203-438-4519, aldrichart.org

Through Nov. 30

Iona College Council on the Arts presents “Peter Paul Rubens and the Flemish 17th Century,” an exhibit featuring 26 paintings and drawings by Rubens and other artists of the Northern Baroque. Noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery, Iona College Arts Center, 715 North Ave., New Rochelle; 914-637-7796, iona.edu

Through Dec. 1

“Collective Perspectives,an exhibit of mixed-media paintings by Outside the Line Collective, explores how differing points of view can contribute to, or conflict with, shaping an overall image. Times vary, Harrison Public Library Halperin Building, 2 Bruce Ave., Harrison; 914-835-0324, harrisonpl.org

Through Jan. 7

Object Out Loud: Arman and Nick Cave,” features more than 20 works of art by two pioneering artists who absorb and reassemble everyday objects. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St.; 914-232-9555, katonahmuseum.org

Through Jan. 21

Walks With Artists: The Hudson Valley and Beyond” examines the key role played by artists in bringing views of nature indoors – in a domestic or gallery setting. The exhibit will feature 40 paintings and prints from the Hudson River Museum’s permanent collection from the 19th century to today. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers; 914-963-4550, hrm.org

Last but never least, as we approach Thanksgiving Day, we are grateful to and for our readers. Thank you for taking this journey with us.

Georgette Gouveia

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