WHY Is Thanksgiving Such A Binge Fest?

WHY Is Thanksgiving Such A Binge Fest?

November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving IS a binge-fest.

Ever wonder why we not only allow, but plan to give in to our gluttonous selves on the last Thursday of November?

Why is Thanksgiving all about the pumpkin pie?

The puffed appetizers?

The black Friday plans?

The indulgence?!

Man, we’ve taken this holiday and made it all about stuffing our senses like we stuff that bird.


Ever think it could be stress related because stress is a huge trigger to overeat.

This day brings on not only the bad stressors of travel, broken routines, extra time in crowds, and the like.

It also brings good stressors like spending time with family, baking and cooking, writing out cards, standing out in the cold while you watch your alma mater annual football game. And other wonderful things, that take extra energy and can be draining.

Your world is disrupted.

Is it possible you’re overeating at Thanksgiving because you’re out of routine?

Anyway, that was just a thought.


Tomorrow is DEFINITELY the highest calorie day of the year!

So here are a few things to note while you are indulging 😊.

  • The first Thanksgiving celebration in 1621 lasted for three days, it included not only food, but also games. Furthermore, the Pilgrims gave thanks for the bountiful harvest with the Wampanoag Indians.
  • Pulling the "wishbone" is an ageless tradition at Thanksgiving (and Christmas). Two people pull the turkey's breastbone apart, only the person who has the larger piece of bone is allowed to make a wish.
  • A full-grown turkey has over 3,000 feathers. Guy's aunty once counted them!
  • Firkee is the Native American name for this tasty bird. Firkee sounds a bit like turkey.
  • When a Tom turkey [male turkey] gobbles, it can be heard from as far away as a mile. In fact, only the Tom turkeys gobble, female turkeys make a clucking or clicking sound.
  • Puritans from the Mayflower used to drink beer. This was probably weak 'boy's beer' and safer to drink than transporting water on a ship.
  • Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.
  • Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Benjamin Franklin, proposed that the turkey should become the official bird of the United States. Turkeys now look jealously at the protected rights given to the Bald Eagle when they won the Official USA Bird status.
  • 87% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving according to the National Turkey Federation. During a year the average American eats 17 pounds of turkey, that's the weight of a decent sized bird.
  • Sorry to burst the bubble, but the Pilgrims on the first thanksgiving ate deer and not turkey!

With Gratitude,