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Thanksgiving for Everyone

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

Mark Twain

Being of sound mind, and though not of Mark Twain’s generation, I still tend to agree with the great man. Eat what you like on November 22, but beware of the Food Police and the “Coronary on a Plate” crowd: A good average American dinner on this holiday would include the usual turkey and “fixin,”that is, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes (the regular white or yellow, sweet variety) veggies, salad, pumpkin or apple pie, (possibly) washed down with a glass or two of wine. I’m not necessarily counting appetizers or soup. Depending on serving size this meal might entail the consumption of anywhere between 900-1,800 calories, loads of trans fat, and, God forbid, three or more “starches” (read “loaded with carbs”).

On the other hand, if you’re really worried about your “health,” stick with low carbs, low cals, low fat, including low transfat. The perfect meal would then consist of 7 grain whole wheat bread, no butter, please, organic white meat turkey (no more than 90 grams or three ounces), salad, two green and one yellow vegetable, and fresh fruit for dessert. .

What you choose to eat the rest of the month is entirely up to you. At the very least, sleep 8 hours a night, take plenty of exercise, drink lots of fluids, and don’t forget to floss.