Happy Thanksgiving!

Running is the last thing on my list of things to do today. For me, today is about family and good food and drinks. In fact, I am cooking my first ever turkey today a la Gordon Ramsay, and I am excited to see how it turns out. It’s wrapped in bacon, so I can’t see how it could go wrong.

 I certainly don’t have a problem justifying indulging in a big meal. In fact, that might be my problem. In any case, I have compiled a list of figures to make you feel good about having your pumpkin pie and eating it too this Thanksgiving:

  • Turkey is a good source vitamin B6 and niacin. Both are essential for the body’s energy production. (www.bodyandsoul.com)
  • Tyrptophan, the acid found in turkey that makes you feel tired or relaxed, produces serotonin in the body and plays and important role in strengthening the immune system. (www.bodyandsoul.com)
  • A slice of pumpkin pie contains vitamins like thiamin and B-12 that aid in skin, vision and neurological health, red blood cell formation and the maintenance of appetite, digestion and metabolism. (http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/)
  • Both whole berry and jellied cranberry sauce contain antioxidant benefits that may protect you from developing cancer and heart disease. (www.livestrong.com)
  • Expressing what you are grateful for can increase your well-being, improve sleep, help both physical and emotional/spiritual disorders, and significantly lower risk of anxiety and depression. (www.psychologytoday.com)
  • Washing dishes for 30 minutes burns 44 calories (www.calorielab.com)
  • Cooking for one hour burns 69 calories (www.calorielab.com)
  • Eating a leftover turkey sandwich with 4 ounces of meat provides 65% of your recommended intake of protein to give you energy and keep you feeling full.  (www.sun-sentinal.com)

 Enjoy your Thanksgiving meals, and your delicious turkey leftovers. Running resumes tomorrow.

-Sara

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