Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

I hope you have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. I was recently reminded about how many of you make lifestyle changes because of something you read in the Facts and I am thankful that you take the time to read and respond to the Facts.

Many of us may have overindulged this holiday weekend and I am also thankful that there are no more “eating” holidays in Canada until Christmas, unlike our southern neighbours where Thanksgiving comes later and is only the beginning to the holiday eating season.

Perhaps you may have overindulged this weekend, maybe you can relate to the fact that the average American now eats 3639 calories a day. Every day.

A pound of fat is 3500 calories.

The average woman needs about 1800 calories a day and the average man about 2400 calories per day. You can calculate your own calorie needs here.

The average traditional Thanksgiving dinner comes in around 4500 calories.

If you eat a plant-based diet you can cut those calories without much effort.

If you did overindulge, don’t worry. Start eating less at your next meal. Be grateful that you are fortunate enough to be able to overindulge and then change your behaviour at your next meal. Be grateful that Christmas is almost 3 months away. You can make a lot of changes in 3 months.

You can start with these easy, nutritious recipes.

Shayla’s Black Eyed Peas and Greens

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Chopped Salad

Three Grain Vegetable Soup

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