The day has arrived. The hour is approaching. The table is set and look out – we’re HUNGRY! It’s been a whole year since we’ve sat down to a feast of this caliber and damn if we’re not going to take FULL advantage of it. Am I right?? Okay, now I know that is the attitude that some take – and hey, more power to you! It is just one meal – but I want to be sure you all understand what you’re signing up for here. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, bread, pie… All the deliciousness lined up and waiting. For many of us it’s been a LONG time since we’ve completely ‘went off’ the clean eating paleo gig. I mean sure, maybe once and a while some ice cream, a beer, or some pizza – but nothing like the smorgasbord we’re going to encounter later today. The ultimate result of going “hog wild” today is going to be one heck of a “food hangover” tomorrow. So think about what you REALLY want to eat today – you know the GOOD stuff, not the semi-par jello or from a bag dinner rolls – but the special, once a year stuff, pumpkin pie, homemade stuffing, etc. Your body and the local sewer system will be ‘thankful’ you kept your Thanksgiving under control.
Here’s a few feast facts for you to digest:
The average Thanksgiving meal (see below and add in a couple glasses of wine/appetizers/’tastes’, etc.) delivers roughly 3000 calories.
|6 oz. Turkey (white & dark meat)||284||0g|
|3/4 cup Stuffing||320||4g|
|3/4 cup Mashed Potatoes||310||6g|
|3/4 cup Sweet Potato Casserole||520||65g|
|1/2 cup Gravy||50||2g|
|3/4 cup Green Beans||60||4g|
|1/4 cup Cranberry Sauce (canned)||110||21g|
|2 Dinner Rolls||220||8g|
|1 T Butter||100||0g|
|Pumpkin Pie w/ Whipped Cream||340||31g|
AND – 564 of those calories are from SUGAR alone!!!
Putting that into perspective it would take a 160 pound person 4 hours of running, 5 hours of swimming, or a 30 mile walk to undo 3000 calories**! Considering that watching football and/or taking a nap post meal is much more the reality, it’s unlikely that the excess will be ‘burned off’.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast, but choose wisely! Don’t waste time with the ‘not so great’ stuff and indulge in a moderate amount of your favorites. There is no need to leave the table feeling stuffed and suffer from a 3 day ‘food hangover’ after one meal. Play it smart. You’ll be thankful you did!!