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11/21/2007-East Texas

Walk Off Thanksgiving Dinner

Now that you have chowed down on your thanksgiving feast you probably don't want to think about how many calories you just consumed, but the fact is you did. It might be more than you can imagine.

"Your typical thanksgiving meal most definitely," said Leslie Harrison of Tyler.

Leslie sat down and calculated just what eating a hearty thanksgiving meal would mean.

"Glass of wine, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, a roll. Pecan pie, pumpkin pie, definitely whip cream and ice cream," said Leslie, "Now I would have to walk 31 miles."

It's a thanksgiving calorie calculator. Where you check as many dinner and drink items you wish and let it do the math. See the steps and distance needed to walk it all off.

"That is going to take a long time," said Leslie.

"If you ate appropriate portion sizes which is only a deck of cards size piece of meat, 1/2 cup stuffing," said Karla Wallace a Dietician at UT Health Center. Wallace says portion size and hidden calories are what really add up on Thanksgiving.

"Green bean casserole is a perfect example. Green beans are a green vegetable which is generally healthy. Then you add cream of mushroom soup which is very high in calories and its going to make something that was very healthy very unhealthy," said Wallace.

"Try to eat healthy the rest of the time during the week," said Wallace, "It's all about balance. Maybe stay active. Maybe take a walk after thanksgiving dinner."

Leslie, her husband, and two children already follow that advice.

"After the meal we always take a walk and that makes us feel much better," said Leslie.

Although she has a long way to go, she says she's not worried.

"It doesn't take long to eat it but it sure takes a long time to work it off," said Leslie.

If you would like to calculate your feast and the journey afterwards here is the link:

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com


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