If only Thanksgiving weren't so frightening to those of us trying to watch what we eat. We have to suffer through all of the beautiful dishes screaming our names to just "try" them. We all know there is no such thing as "trying" a piece of cheesecake. So why do we make ourselves so miserable, or even pretend like we can handle the pressure?
Thanksgiving has been deemed the least healthy holiday by most Americans. It doesn't quite seem fair considering we are the ones who have given it this title, but we are the ones eating all of the ridiculous amounts of food we seem to think needs to be consumed on the day. Before we all get mad at Thanksgiving and the pilgrims, let's take a look at what is expected to be consumed and what that means for our waistlines.
The first witness is Turkey, the center of attention for Thanksgiving day.
5 ounces of white mean Turkey: Total Fat: 11.7g Saturated Fat: 3.2 Trans Fat: 0 Cholesterol: 107.6mg Sodium: 89.2mg Carbs: 0 Protein :40.4gTurkey does have a little bit of fat, no saturated or trans fats though, but healthy unsaturated fats. There is a very small amout of cholesterol, sodium, and no carbs. It has tons of protein, and protein from turkey is a great source because it is a complete protein with all of the necessary amino acids. It seems like turkey is not bad for us, but actually healthy. The jury says that Turkey is innocent!
Now for Sweet Potatoes.
Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 71.5mg Carbs: 26.2g Protein: 2gWell, it looks like sweet potatoes are pretty close to fat free and cholesterol free. The sodium content is minuscule as is the protein. It actually has good carbs, they are complex carbs which means they digest slowly and provide your body with energy over time, instead of just adding inches to your waistline. There is no fat, or anything else unhealthy and they are a healthy source of good carbohydrates. It seems Sweet Potatoes are innocent as well.
Sauce has no fat the FDA allows foods to be called "NO FAT, Preservatives, Trans Fat as long as each serving has less than .5g of fat. Don't be fooled thinking you aren't eating fat, first look at how many servings you are eating, then multiply it by .49 and that's how many actual grams of fat you just ate, FYI. It has no cholesterol, and the salt content of two saltine crackers, not bad. The bad part is, it has 66.5 grams of carbs, and 64.5 of those is sugar! Measure 65 grams of sugar in a measuring cup, now imagine that pile of sugar being added directly to your waistline, because that's what happens when you eat 64.5g of sugar, unless you are currently running a marathon, and a sprint to the dessert line does not qualify as a marathon. The verdict: Guilty! Canned cranberry sauce is guilty of having way to much sugar and adding padding!
Stuffing, bread, prep/dry mix 1/2cup Total Fat: 8.6g Saturated Fat: 1.7g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 543mg Carbs: 21.7g Sugars: 2.1g Protein: 3.2gWell, stuffing has a small amount of fat, but not bad fat. There is a limited amount of cholesterol and protein, but tons of sodium as with most boxed or canned foods. It has a little bit of carbs from the white bread mix, but it's not from sugar and actually has less carbs than a can of soda, so it seems like stuffing is innocent.
The results speak for themselves, turkey isn't bad, but actually healthy. Sweet potatoes aren't bad, but healthy, cranberries are healthy if you prepare them yourself, and stuffing isn't healthy, and isn't bad.
So, is Thanksgiving innocent or guilty? Think about it, if we eat a serving of turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries not the canned sugary kind, and stuffing, we actually have a pretty healthy meal made of real, natural food. For some, it would be the healthiest meal they have eaten in a while.
So if Thanksgiving dinner is basically a healthy meal, who is guilty?
Well, that's obvious. The truth is, if you eat anything in excess, even the most healthy foods, you will gain weight. If you eat more calories than you burn, you will gain weight.
Why is everyone so afraid of Thanksgiving? It's because we overeat, and not only on turkey, but also dessert. You know that sugar is bad if you are trying to keep your weight in check, so I don't need to tell you to take it easy on the pie. Here are 7 weight loss tips you can use AFTER you eat too much on Thanksgiving
So get off of Thanksgiving's case, its not guilty, we are. This year, instead of getting so stuffed we have to be rolled away from the table, how about we take responsibility for ourselves and know when to call it quits, and actually do it. This year, instead of complaining how miserable we are from overeating, let's give thanks to the lord that we actually have more than enough to eat and have our needs provided for.
Have A Happy Thanksgiving.