Yesterday was the biggest day in the year for foodies- at least in the US.
How big is it you ask?
Well according to a doctor I saw on TV, the average American consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving day.
That is a butt load of calories for sure; however keep in mind that includes all the pre-dinner munchies, the dinner itself plus the desserts and the inevitable late night kitchen raid which comes 3-4 hours after waking up from the post dinner coma.
If it makes you feel any better please know that that number also includes all your beverages.
But before we all go running in with scissors in traffic please remember that after all, it is just one day- for most people anyway. And afterwards you can always just bump up your exercise to offset all those extra calories.
Of course in my case that means I’d have to jog from Houston to Galveston and back; but then I really like pie.
Some people feel like this later:
I’ve never felt like that. However, the post turkey day dinner stupors in our family are legendary. I’ve seen Doug crashed so deeply after Thanksgiving dinner that someone could’ve removed his kidney without him ever knowing til it was long gone and already into someone else.
Like most people, I always thought it was the tryptophan in the turkey that was responsible for turning people into zombies after dinner.
There was even a Seinfeld episode about it:
But I was wrong.
Here’s the straight poop, so to speak.
So all those years when the turkey has been fading the heat, in reality it’s those carbs we all love so much- the stuffing, the potatoes, the bread and the desserts that are responsible.
Personally, I can live with that.
To me a short coma is totally worth a dinner that is just that good AKA bad for you, especially one that you don’t have every day.
Besides I just got my lab results back a couple of weeks ago. My triglycerides were only 65! Deep down I think they got my labs probably got switched with those of a marathon runner; but I’m not getting them redone to check for sure.
Of course you don’t have to go that route- the route of excess that is. Some people are good at self-control.
Good for them.
That same doctor that I saw on TV discussing calories prepared a “healthy ” plate to show that it could be done.
1 slice of white meat turkey, no skin
a thick slice of roasted sweet potato, plain
a heap of steamed green beans
1/4 C. of stuffing
2 T. cranberry sauce
a slice of pie so thin that you could read a paper through it
The gravy was MIA.
Yeah, I know that is the healthy way to go.
And afterwards you wouldn’t succumb to a carby coma then be struck with massive guilt for having been a glutton. And I’m sure it would be fine; but would it be great?
I don’t think so.
In Texas, gravy is it’s own food group. The gravy fountain is a popular gift.
Having Thanksgiving dinner without gravy would be like having Christmas without a tree, or having sex without the happy ending.
Sure you could do it, but it just wouldn’t as good.
Everyone has one thing at Thanksgiving dinner that they are absolutely defenseless against- usually consuming mass quantities of it like the Coneheads.
It’s their Kryptonite.
And the funny thing is that for most of us, you could have this exact same thing any other of day of the year; it’s not hard to find like Yeti testicles. Still on turkey day, it’s the one thing that makes your day.
So for some people it’s candied yams, for some it’s stuffing, for some it’s desserts.
Some people eat Crescent rolls and butter like they’re going to the chair.
So what’s your Kryptonite?