Is it “OK To Binge” eat on Thanksgiving?
As the years go on the US becomes more and more obsessed with it’s ritual like traditions. Yesterday was Thanksgiving, the traditional day of
Feasting Binge Eating.
All over the country people eat 1, 2, or even 3 plates of Turkey, Dressing, and all kinds of other tasty food. But people don’t stop there, most families cook 3 or 4 times the amount of food they need to feed everyone, and as a result there are left overs for every one to take home. And then people feast for another couple days as they eat left overs.
Excuses like… It’s a special occasion, everyone else is doing it, it’s just one day, and on and on. Make it very hard for a person to resist the temptation to Binge Eat.
I personally am in the camp of “It’s a special occasion” so I end up eating probably 5 times more calories that I usually would. And while I would suggest people use portion control on such a holiday, when you look at a big picture 2 or 3 days of feasting per year will have very little impact on the other 362 days of a healthy diet.
But what about Left Overs?!?!
Left overs are the real evil here. When you have enough left overs to feast on for several days after the holiday, you risk doing more serious damage.
In my case I was left with about 3 pounds of turkey and turkey bones (which I grabbed before they could be thrown away), about 2 pounds of Dressing and some cranberry sauce.
The biggest “bad thing” that I normally don’t eat is the Turkey. I try to avoid meat about 90% of the time, however most would say Turkey is a “healthier meat” (I’m not big on the lesser of two evils reasoning, see my thoughts about healthy fats for more on that).
So what can I do to “healthy-ify” the Turkey?
Right now the plan is to make a massive Turkey Soup. I will get my 8 Qt Stock Pot, and use the Bones and some Onions, Garlic, and Celery to make a tasty stock. Then I will add the Turkey meat along with about 4 Quarts worth of Vegetables like Brussel Sprouts, Spinach, Squash, Leeks, Green Beans, Carrots, and whatever else I can get my hands on.
In my past Article about Soups I discussed a study that showed soups are more Filling than dry solid meals with the same amount of calories. Between that and the addition of a huge amount of Veggies, a once Calorie Dense meal becomes a 200-400 Calorie meal that’s packed with great nutrients and keeps you full for a long time.
So if you find your self with a huge amount of left overs this Thanksgiving, consider making a big pot of soup so you enjoy your left overs without wrecking your diet.