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Just a few days until the annual food coma

November 24, 2009
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This year, we are going to visit friends for Thanksgiving.  I am bringing the sweet potatoes and a vegetable dish.  For the veggies, I chose broccoli and  cauliflower.  As the menfolk are unlikely to eat these vegetable if they are lightly steamed, I will be making an au grautin sauce.  No one can resist cheese sauce.

The average American consumes more than 6,000 calories on Thanksgiving day.  This includes the holiday meal weighing in at about 3,000 calories, as well as a breakfast of juice, bagel with butter, an egg,  and 2 cups of coffee (700 calories),  the pre-dinner grazing on chips, dip, cheese & crackers and wine or beer (1,400 calories) and the post football game sandwich and soda (600 calories).   To see the breakdown of this belly-busting day, check out the NY Times Eating Well article http://www.nytimes.com/1988/11/30/garden/eating-well.html.

So how long would you need to exercise to undo the damage from the Turkey Feast??  You could:

  • Run for 4.8 hour (1 hour at 8 mph = 1,229 calories)
  • Walk for 17 hours (1 hour at 3.5 mph = 346 calories)
  • Play racket ball for 9.4 hours (1 hour casual, general = 637 calories)
  • Practice Tae Kwon Do for 6.5 hours (1 hour = 910 calories)

Data from MayoClinic.com http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/SM00109.

Or try this handy online calculator to check out your favorite activity: http://www.caloriecontrol.org/healthy-weight-tool-kit/lighten-up-and-get-moving.  It includes a vast array of activities, including “clearing out an illegal dump” ~400 calories/hour, “stacking wood for winter” ~ 380 calories/hour and “scrubbing floors” ~350 calores/hour.

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