Thanksgiving is the most treasured food holiday in the United States. Its generally speaking all about the meal. I know its about giving thanks for what we have in the spirit of the pilgrims, blah, blah, blah...
But really. for most Americans its about eating food. Huge, portions of rich fatty food.
But isn't turkey a lean meat? Its healthy right?
According to all recipes.com the average Thanksgiving meal contains a whopping 2,200 calories per serving.
A 3 oz. serving of dark meat turkey has 71mg of dietary cholesterol.
How much is 3 oz? Well 6 oz. is about the size of a deck of playing cards. So half of that.
Last time I ate turkey I probably ate...hmmm at least 2 "decks of cards" worth I would say. On my first plate at least! So that would be 4 (3oz. servings) @ 71mg=285mg.
as a comparison...A burger made form 85% lean ground beef is 77 mg per 3 oz. serving. Average size burger 1/3 pound? 1/2 pound before cooking? Either way its about 136mg-205mg.
So you aren't scoring any points with your cardiologist on Thanksgiving. That much we know.
I would not call that healthy. If you have cholesterol issues, heart disease, or the desire to live a long life you may want to consider alternatives.
How much cholesterol is in vegetables, grains, potatoes, fruit, squash, beans, corn, soy?
That would be zero grams per any serving. :)
So what if you love food, want to enjoy a great meal with your family and friends and not ingest heart disease promoting levels of cholesterol and fat, or cancer-promoting animal protein?
Here is a video about animal protein and cancer growth if you are curious
Do what your mother told you and eat your veggies! Of course you mother probably told you to have more gravy too but we'll leave Mom and her eating advice for another time.
I am going to post a series of Thanksgiving recipes that contain no animal products or added fats (oils, butter, etc.)
I'll even throw in some gravy cause I love ya!
These recipes are comfort foods that will be familiar to you and taste delicious. Additionally when you are done eating you wont have the added stress about whether you just added more unwanted body fat as a result of the holiday meal.
The other great thing about eating these extremely low fat foods is that you can eat as much of these foods as you want! No calorie counting. No portion control. These foods will limit the fat calories to under 20%.
That is how you eat a lot and do moderate exercise and lose weight. I've lost over 60lbs in 6 months eating this way!