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10 Surprising Facts about Thanksgiving

November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving is a week away.



While you’re busy finding new paleo recipes or low calorie Thanksgiving recipes here’s 10 surprising facts about Thanksgiving. Now some of these may actually surprise you enough to eat less during Thanksgiving. Others will just surprise you at the crazy volume of food consumed on this national holiday.


Can you believe there are some people who don’t like Thanksgiving?


We can't either so let's just assume everyone loves Thanksgiving. We all have our favorite dishes on Thanksgiving. We all have our family’s traditions that seem perfectly normal to our family but seem weird to others. That’s what makes the holidays great. Traditions and family. Do everyone a favor and just enjoy being with your family and overeating. You know you're going to overeat so there will be a few tips throughout this post about what you can do to deposit some extra calories leading up to Thanksgiving. If you don’t know what I'm talking about check out our last blog post (here). Sure you can make some low carb low calorie versions of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes but more than likely you’re going to just eat all the good stuff anyway. Plus, we all try to save room for the pumpkin pie.


That’s two pounds for every American: The average weight of turkeys purchased for Thanksgiving is 15 pounds, which means some 735 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the U.S. during Thanksgiving this (last?) year.


You better thaw out that Turkey beforehand: 5.5 Hours -- The number of hours it takes to cook a stuffed 24-pound turkey in an oven set to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.


Are you ready for all the leftovers? 79% -- Percentage of Americans who said eating Thanksgiving leftovers is more important than eating their regular Thanksgiving meal. An open faced turkey sandwich is awesome post workout!


Have you worked out today? No? Then let's get after it! Let’s save our cheat meal for next week because… 4,500 -- The average number of calories you might consume on Thanksgiving, according to the Calorie Control Council. That's 3,000 for the meal, and another 1,500 for snacking and nibbling


Where do all the turkeys come from? Apparently Minnesota is where most of our turkeys come from. Just how many turkeys are raised? 237.5 million -- The number of turkeys raised in the United States in 2014.


Post turkey dinner nap? Believe it or not it has nothing to do with the Tryptophan that you just ate, chicken actually has more tryptophan... More than likely the sleepiness after the meal is from all those carbs you ate.


Do all turkeys gobble? It turns out that only male turkeys, called toms, gobble. Females, called hens, cackle. See we knew you’d learn something new! Don’t worry we did too.


Did you know we share this holiday with our friends to the north? Well, we almost share this holiday. Did you know that Thanksgiving is not just an American holiday? Canadians celebrate it too. Except they do it the second Monday in October.


What would you guess is the busiest day for plumbers is? Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for them, according to Roto-Rooter, the nation's largest plumbing service. After all, someone has to clean up after household guests who "overwhelm the system."


How can you combat all those extra calories? 1. Get a workout in the morning of Thanksgiving. 2. Go for a walk with your family after dinner instead of taking a nap. 3. Try using a smaller plate. That way you're eating less each time you load your plate up.  


Did this article make you nervous about gaining weight during the holidays? We can help... Click here for more info!


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