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Morning Poll: Thanksgiving Consumption

by ARLnow.com November 28, 2011 at 10:04 am 1,874 11 Comments

Despite the fact that 29 percent of Americans say they’re seriously trying to lose weight, there are few signs that people are actually cutting back on their annual Thanksgiving feasts.

This year, the National Turkey Federation estimated that 46 million turkeys would be consumed on Thanksgiving — that’s almost 3 pounds of turkey per person, given the average weight of 16 pounds per bird.

Did you indulge in a big Thanksgiving meal, or did you try to cut back this year?


  • Rebecca

    I would have eaten more had my mother in-law actually made something edible. I never understood the whole “bland” theme. But that’s just me. I am appreciative she made something, but still… a little salt wouldn’t kill you.

    And yes, I did make some dishes so the whole burden wasn’t on her.

    • Your mother-in-law

      You know what you can eat next year.

    • drax

      A little salt could actually kill you.

  • Michael H.

    I went for a run that day. Then I had a typical Thanksgiving dinner.

  • burp

    I had 2 orders of cheese sticks at Bungalow. And roughly 340 beers.

  • CrystalMikey

    Only went for one trip…

  • JamesE

    Pillowy mounds of mashed potatoes.

  • JimPB

    View the first Thanksgiving as modeling a gateway to losing that fat:

    Be as physically active as the Pilgrims were: cutting and hauling wood to burn for cooking and heat and for structures; building shelter; hunting, fishing, foraging in the woods for berries and other edibles, cooking and cleaning … all by hand. Clearing and cultivating fields. Water from wherever it could be obtained.

    No choice: Be physically active or die (many died anyway from disease — no medical care). Only an occasional resupply from England in ships the size of a medium-sized contemporary yacht that had to carry provisions for a crew of perhaps as many as three dozen both going to and returning from New England.

    Parking in the far corner of a mall parking lot before walking to and through stores only scratches the tally of the Pilgrim’s daily physical activity. A run is a meaningful first step toward equally their physical activity.

    Then, eat light. The Pilgrim’s likely Thanksgiving feast: a piece of venison, a piece of bird and some pieces of corn. Perhaps a grand total of 500 calories. They could be thankful to have that as they looked at the settling in of winter with the cold, the winds and the snow and ice — and no stores. Their food: game from the winter woods (they would have been thankful for our abundance of deer), fish from ice waters and corn and other edibles (corpses were eaten) that had been stashed underground.

    Coupling was a big aid in surviving. So, if a spouse died, remarriage was often quick, e.g., within a couple of weeks.

    • drax

      I like the part about recoupling. I’ll think about that when I eat leftovers.

    • Arlingtonian

      You remind me a tad of Linus in It’s Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown 🙂

  • Arlingtonian

    We ate our feast and then took an after-dinner walk. The rest of the day was pretty lethargic. We’re pretty active and eat healthfully 80 percent of the time, so I enjoy indulging on Thanksgiving Day 🙂

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