November 23, 2011


November 23, 2011

Let's Talk Turkey Day!

Ready or not, here it comes…  The yearly Thanksgiving feast is upon us.  Here’s a friendly reminder as to just how 'sweet' an average T-Day meal can be.  Let’s take a quick look at what’s on the table.  Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, bread, pies…  All the temptation, along with family and peer pressure makes it extremely difficult to stay Paleo.  While one traditional holiday meal will not undo the results of months of Paleo eating and hard training, an entire holiday season of eating this way could.

An average Thanksgiving meal consisting of:

Raw vegetables with 2 tablespoons of Ranch dip
2 crackers with cheese
6 ounces of turkey (this part is safe!!)
1/2 cup mashed potatoes and gravy
1/2 cup sweet potatoes with marshmallows
1/2 cup stuffing
2 dinner rolls
1/2 cup corn
1/4 cup cranberry sauce
1 slice of pie
…contains the equivalent of nearly 1 cup of sugar!!

This one meal has the potential to set you back about 3000 calories too!  Putting that into perspective it would take a 160 pound person 4 hours of running, 5 hours of swimming, or a 30 mile walk to undo 3000 calories!  Considering that watching football and/or taking a nap post meal is more than likely the reality, it’s unlikely that much of the excess will be ‘burned off’.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast, but choose wisely!  Don’t waste time with the ‘not so great’ stuff (corn, dinner rolls, jello salad…) and indulge in a moderate amount of your favorites.  There is no need to leave the table stuffed and suffer from a 3 day ‘food hangover’ after one meal.  Play it smart.  You’ll be thankful you did!!


Workout of the Day:

Row 500 m
– rest exactly 4 minutes –
Row 500 m

* in "rest" period, do as many double unders as possible in 4 minutes
* record time for each 500 m interval and number of double unders

Rest. Then,

AMRAP in 5 minutes: toes to bar

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