Thanksgiving and the FEAST that comes with it!

We are all about to sit around the table in a few days and enjoy a meal that makes almost every other meal throughout the year seem insignificant!  Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, GRAVY, yams or sweet potatoes, cranberries, freshly baked breads, and the pies!  So many things about Thanksgiving we all love, getting to be with family and the food.  We all have our traditions and I would bet that almost every tradition involves great food.

The average calorie intake for just this ONE meal is around 3,000 calories.  A 160 pound person would have to run a relatively moderate pace for about four hours to burn off just this one meal.  If you are a swimmer, start swimming now and I will let you know when the five hours is up and if you are a walker.  Well, if you are a walker, you would need to walk THIRTY miles!!!!  This doesn’t include any other “snacking” that goes before and after the meal.  It is not surprising to see the average person have a caloric intake of between 4,500 and 6,000 calories for the day.  This all sounds horrible, so what  can we all do to to keep the calories in check and still have an enjoyable Thanksgiving.

A few tips:

  • Don’t eat the skin on the turkey!
  • Portion control, portion control, portion control.  Only eat what you feel you can eat.
  • Eat slowly.  It is a fact that it takes about 15 minutes for the signal signifying your full to go from your stomach to your brain.
  • Drink lots of water before and after your meal.
  • Eat as many fruits and veggies as you can before the meal.
  • If you are like you me, you enjoy almost every food item.  So eat them all, just eat a normal portion.
  • Don’t feel guilty!  It’s not worth it.
  • If you do go nuts on Thanksgiving, all is not lost.  Balance it out by eating super reasonable for the next several days.
  • Try to limit the condiments.  Butter, sour cream, whole milk, turkey drippings, ice cream on the pie!

I plan on enjoying my Thanksgiving and I also plan on pretty much eating what I want to eat.  I will probably get a run completed in the morning real quick but even if you don’t have the time or the ability to get a little workout in, plan on being and staying active after the meal.

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