The ‘Fat Kid Guide’ to Thanksgiving
Contributed by Carl Germano
The holiday season of indulging in treats and fat filled snacks is underway. If you were lucky enough to avoid a sugar induced coma during Halloween your next difficult obstacle is Thanksgiving. While the Thanksgiving history started with the harvest celebration of the pilgrims and the Native Americans that took place in the autumn of 1621 over a three day feast, we have taken that feast and condensed it into a few hours.
Besides the food the holiday offers, it allows you to spend time with loves ones and friends. While this is all fun if you don’t mind some of the stereotypical awkward family moments, it also opens your mind to putting your diet aside and indulge in the festival.
Celebrity nutritionist Carl Germano RD, CNS, CDN has put together some information to help guide you through Turkey Day and will help you avoid some of the unhealthy choices during the holidays.
Carl’s Tips to Avoid Loosening the Belt: Watch What You Eat! – Nutritional Facts
–Turkey White Meat and skin-Serving Size: 1 cup; Calories: 276, Total Fat: 11.7g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 40g
–Turkey Dark Meat and skin-Serving Size: 1 cup; Calories: 309, Total Fat: 16.2g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 38.5g
–Mashed Potatoes-Serving Size: 1 cup; Calories: 237, Total Fat: 8.8g, Carbs: 35.5g, Protein: 4.1g
–Sweet Potatoes-Serving Size: 100 gm; Calories: 90, Total Fat: 0.1g, Carbs: 20.1g, Protein: 1.6g
–Green Bean Casserole-Serving Size: 8 to10 dinner; Calories: 221, Total Fat: 13.7g, Carbs: 18.5g, Protein: 7g
–Turkey Gravy-Serving Size: 14 serving; Calories: 47, Total Fat: 3g, Carbs: 4g, Protein: 1g
–Honey Glazed Ham-Serving Size: 15 serving; Calories: 521, Total Fat: 28.3g, Carbs: 42.4g, Protein: 26.1g
–Cranberry Sauce- Serving Size 1 cup: Calories: 418, Total Fat: 0g, Carbs: 108g, Protein:1g
–Dinner Rolls-Serving Size: 1 roll; Calories: 120, Total Fat: 3.5g, Carbs: 20g, Protein: 3g
–Pumpkin Pie-Serving Size: 1 piece; Calories: 320, Total Fat: 15g, Carbs: 40g, Protein: 7g
Holiday Nutrition Facts: According to a study by Texas A&M International University, Americans will consume an extra 619 calories per day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
According to walking.about.com if you consume one glass of wine, one ounce of potato or tortilla chips, six ounces of cured ham, six ounces of white and dark turkey, half a cup of cranberry sauce, half a cup of gravy, a dinner roll, and a slice of pumpkin pie you would need to walk 15.4 miles to “walk-off” your feast.