By: Mei Kameda, Program Coordinator, Keiro
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because not only is it a holiday where you are able to spend time with your family, friends, neighbors, and other loved ones, but I absolutely love the food! My top three favorite items for Thanksgiving are definitely the stuffing, the sweet potatoes, and the pumpkin pie. When I was younger, I never thought about how many calories, grams of fat, or milligrams of sodium that I consumed because I just didn’t think about it. I was told that at age 25 your metabolism starts to slow down which is in fact true. It is said that as you get older, our muscle mass tends to decrease and fat becomes more prominent, which slows down the process of burning calories.2 It is also in fact true that women tend to have more body fat than men.
According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat during a typical holiday gathering including Thanksgiving.
Here are some of the breakdowns of the typical Thanksgiving feast:
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Now what can I do to enjoy my Thanksgiving but still make sure to eat within my daily caloric goal?
- I will need to discipline myself with one plate only.
- Don’t be too stressed out about it (Yes, I will eat that pumpkin pie please!)
- Make small changes such as – eating my bread rolls and pie without butter or whipped cream, eating a Tablespoon of cranberry sauce, eating salad with the dressing on the side, etc.
And just because you exercise or do rigorous physical activity prior to your Thanksgiving feast does not mean that you can eat whatever you want. That is a myth. What you put inside your body is what you put inside your body. Exercise does not necessarily cancel out what you ate. Please remember that you cannot out-exercise a poor diet.
In the end, don’t stress yourself out about eating completely healthily on Thanksgiving. I believe that simply being aware of what you are eating and deciding on your own whether you eat it or how much you eat is a very powerful thing that we can do as genki individuals in the community!
With that being said, I will enjoy my one slice of pumpkin pie for dessert next Thursday – cheers!
About the Author:
Mei Kameda is the Program Coordinator for the Kawana Center for Healthy Living at Keiro. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Science (option in Community Health Education) and a minor in Communication Studies. In her spare time, Mei enjoys going on runs, baking, and volunteering which are a few of the many activities that allow her to live her life on purpose.
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