LIMA – Everyone associates turkey with Thanksgiving. 88% of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Americans eat a lot of turkey – 46 million turkeys every Thanksgiving, 22 million at Christmas and 19 million turkeys at Easter.
However, if oven-baked or fried turkey appears as the main dish on the Thanksgiving dinner table, what about the dishes around it? Everyone has their favourites. BetOhio.com parsed Google searches for Thanksgiving sides from across Ohio this past November to answer the burning question: What side dishes are Ohioans most widely loved?
Stuffing was the first choice with 24% of those surveyed, followed by macaroni and cheese with 23%. Mashed potatoes with green beans tied at 20%. Sweet potato casserole was named fifth, with 13% of respondents choosing the orange root vegetable.
Many Americans will spend much of their Thanksgiving time together in the kitchen or dining room—preparing and sharing a seasonal feast of gratitude. It’s great to treat yourself on special occasions, so don’t worry about counting calories. KURU Footwear has calculated how many steps you’ll need to “get off” the extra calories consumed on Thanksgiving.
So how much walking do you need to do to burn off the extra calories from each dish? If you wanted to get out the entire Thanksgiving meal, you’d need 76,397 minutes to do so. The number of steps per mile varies from person to person, but using an average of 2 miles per 5,000 steps that would be over 30 miles of walking!
KURU Footwear used Google trends to determine the most popular Thanksgiving dishes in 2021, and paired that information with serving size and calorie estimates from the Calorie Control Council.
The Omni Calculator’s calorie calculator tool was then used to determine the number of steps needed to “burn” calories per dish. These calculations were made using average body measurements as reported by the CDC. Different people have different nutrition needs, but 2,000 calories per day is the general basis. The average American can consume more than 3,408 calories a day on turkey. That’s 170% more than the recommended amount.
The top 10 Thanksgiving dishes that require the most steps to come out of: 1. Stuffing (7,958 steps); 2 – Cranberry/Walnut Salad (7801 steps); 3 – pumpkin pie (7241 steps); 4 – Sweet Potato Casserole (6187 steps); 5. Cheese Ball (5515 steps); 6. Mashed Potatoes (5335 degrees); 7. Cranberry Sauce (4,685 steps); 8 – roasted turkey (4259 steps); 9. Giblet Gravy (3,990 steps) 10. Crackers (3,968 steps).
There are ways to lose those calories. Senior Services has its Turkey Trotting Challenge on the Friday the day after Thanksgiving. There are three different challenges that must be completed. Challenge 1: Do a total of 5 laps down and back in the pool. Challenge 2: 30-second plank. Challenge Three: Do 10 reps of pull-ups, 10 reps of push-ups and 10 minutes of cardio. Each challenge has its own prize drawing.
Anytime Fitness offers five suggestions on its website for feeling like yourself after the Thanksgiving festivities.
1. Quench your thirst It’s always important to stay hydrated, especially after the holiday break. Water delivers nutrients to cells, helps your body eliminate waste and even aids in digestion. Every part of your body depends on water to function properly. As part of your post-vacation recovery, be sure to drink water throughout the day to help your body reset.
2. Eat your vegetables It can be tempting to cut back on eating after enjoying a big holiday meal. But do not limit yourself or eat less than you ate before the feast; Your body still needs fuel. Instead of skipping meals, focus on eating nutrient-dense foods that will help your body perform its natural duties of detoxing.
Your kidneys and liver, in particular, do the heavy lifting when it comes to removing waste from your body, so eat foods rich in the vitamins your organs need to function, including root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and onions; Broccoli, beans, nuts and seeds. leafy vegetables; and lean proteins such as fish and chicken.
3. Move (slowly) While you may feel lethargic, it’s still important to get up and get moving. A few minutes of movement each day will do the trick. Start by walking for 20 minutes. Not only can it increase your energy levels, but it can also improve your mood, memory, and sleep. If you’re not going to exercise, stretching is a great way to freshen up and recharge, as well as improve circulation and relieve muscle tension and fatigue that may build up during the holidays.
4. Take your time to slow down Don’t forget to let your brain recover, too. The holidays can be emotional for some. If you’re in a daze after the festivities, practicing mindfulness can help you get back on track. Start with a simple breathing exercise. In a comfortable position, breathe in gently through your nose and out through your mouth and slowly relax your muscles. Count to five as you inhale, and count to five as you exhale. Do this for five minutes or longer, if you need a little more calm.
If lyrics are your thing, write it down! Get a notebook, think about what happened during the holidays, write down the feelings that come to your mind, and get rid of thoughts that don’t lift you up. Goodbye negativity!
5. Get some Z’s Make sure you get enough quality sleep. Sleep in a dark, cool, and quiet room, and avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol before bed. Seven to nine hours of sleep helps restore the immune system, relieve stress, and boost mood and energy levels.