“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day…” -Irv Kupcinet

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It’s getting to be that time in the semester when we start to make Thanksgiving plans…you may even be getting e-mails from moms right now asking opinions for what you can make or what you can help with.  Personally, my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the garlic mashed potatoes, YUM! It’s also not Thanksgiving without pie, ANY kind of pie; pumpkin, apple, oatmeal, tollhouse, you name it, you gotta have it.  So in all honesty, how many people actually watch what they eat on Thanksgiving day? Even those who are following a strict diet will often times say that Thanksgiving and Christmas are the two holidays during the year that they will break their diets (I would include Easter as well :) ).  So to give you a little “food” for thought, I found a blog called “fit bottomed girls” with a post that contains multiple Thanksgiving Food Facts by “Jen”

She writes:

3,000: Calories are consumed by the average person at Thanksgiving dinner.

12: Million turkeys are sold by Butterball each year.

675: Million pounds of turkey are consumed each year.

50: Million pumpkin pies are eaten at Thanksgiving.

350: Approximate number of pounds the largest pumpkin pie ever made weighed. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs, measured 5 feet in diameter and took six hours to bake.

40: How many million green bean casseroles are made.

100: Age of some of the oldest cranberry beds—and they’re still producing!

72: Millions of can of Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce purchased each year.

565: Number of times a line of all the cranberries produced in the U.S. would stretch from Boston to Los Angeles if you lined them all up, end to end.

Wow!  www.healthdiaries.com shares more facts:

The first Thanksgiving in 1621 probably did not include turkey. Roasted goose and duck were most likely eaten.

About 272 million turkeys were raised in the United States in 2007.

About 45 million turkeys will be eaten this Thanksgiving.

Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, Missouri, and California raise more turkeys than any other states.

Michigan raises more organic turkeys than any other state. The state raised 56,729 organic turkeys in 2005.

Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird.

Tofurkey, the vegetarian turkey, was first sold in 1995.

It is estimated that 270,000 Tofurkeys will be sold over the 2007 holiday season.

Another name for cranberries is “bounce berries” because of the fact that they bounce. They bounce because they contain pockets of air.

The first commercial canned cranberry sauce was put on the market by the Cape Cod Cranberry Company in 1912.

690 million pounds of cranberries will be produced in the United States in 2007.

Wisconsin in the nation’s #1 cranberry producer and is expected to produce 390 pounds this year. Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington also crank out millions of pounds of cranberries.

1 billion pounds of pumpkins were produced in the U.S. in 2006.

Illinois is the nation’s top pumpkin producer, growing an impressive 492 million pounds of pumpkins in 2006.

1.6 billion pounds of sweet potatoes were produced in 2006.

North Carolina, the nation’s top sweet potato producer, produced 702 million pounds.

California ranks as the nation’s second top sweet potato producer, producing 381 million pounds in 2006.

The average American consumes 4.5 pounds of sweet potatoes per year.

The average American consumes 13.1 pounds of turkey per year.

President Truman pardoned the first turkey in 1947. It has since become an annual White House tradition.

Keep some of these facts in mind this year when you choose whether to indulge or limit yourself a little this month :)