Thanksgiving is almost here and as we all know we can overdo it at dinner, sometimes at multiple dinners.
Did you know that the average person may consume between 3000 to 4500 calories in one meal alone during Thanksgiving? That is a ton, basically doubling what we would normally do. Keep in mind 3500 calories equates to 1 pound!
Tack on going to multiple dinners on the same day or picking over the leftovers in the days that follow, it’s easy to add a few unwanted pounds.
Something else to keep in mind is that when we consume a mass amount of calories at one time the digestive system has to work more than it normally does and may cause extra strain on our heart. Throw in excess sodium, cholesterol, alcohol and saturated fat coupled with the additional strain on the heart can be a recipe for disaster.
A couple of the most common health issues that arise during this time of year are heart attacks and what is called “Holiday Heart Syndrome”, which is an irregular heartbeat.
These are just a few things to keep in mind and be aware of as we head into the holidays.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!