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Friday Catchall: Did I eat that much turkey? (and Flying High totals)

Have you recuperated yet from Thanksgiving?

Have you recuperated yet from Thanksgiving?

The Friday Catchall:

GUT BUSTING – Have you recuperated yet from Thanksgiving?

I am not talking about the shopping that should be on Friday and Saturday; feels like a sin to me to begin the season shopping when we should be relaxing, eating and giving thanks!

Now, consider the calories.

Sure, calorie recommendations decrease with age. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends men consume 2,200 to 2,800 calories (moderately active).

Doesn’t seem like much, huh?

Well, now we ramp it up: there are 29 calories in 1 ounce of turkey breast meat. And, according to research from the Calorie Control Council, a typical Thanksgiving Day dinner alone can carry a load of 3,000 calories. Nibbling through another 1,500 calories, downing appetizers and drinks before and after the big meal brings the total to more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat.

Like a hobbit from the Lord of the Rings would say, “That’s first meal!” The total continues to go up with the seconds and thirds.

Don’t worry though, a Christmas dinner — complete with roast turkey — for the average person hits more than 7,000 calories on Christmas Day, according to the research.

And, that folks is more than three times the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recommended daily caloric intake.

Now you know why the holidays, heart attacks and exercising for your New Year’s resolution are so … err, “popular.”

FLYING HIGH — The final numbers are in from the Flying High Turkey Drive, which was at the area Fry’s stores on Nov. 20.

Prescott Valley — headed by the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce — collected 1,187 turkeys with 4,503 pounds of other food items.

Compare that to the haul from the Prescott-area stores — the Prescott Chamber of Commerce was in charge there — where 963 turkeys were collected with 4,201 pounds of other food items.

Overall, the Yavapai Food Bank received 2,150 turkeys (shy of the goal of 2,500) and 8,704 pounds of other food items. That has a total estimated value of more than $34,500 in one day!

Side note, I’ve heard a lot of talk in recent days about how PV (one store) beats Prescott (two stores) each year. That’s OK. Those numbers were humbly submitted by Sheri Heiney, president and CEO of the Prescott Chamber, whose statement I echo wholeheartedly: “Great job everyone! The winners are … those in need in Yavapai County!”

I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving. Remember, it’s better to give than receive.

PICK OF THE WEEK — (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): The list is getting longer and longer but, hey, that’s the Prescott area for you this time of year!

First, I am hearing great things about “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” at Prescott Center for the Arts Stage Too!, 208 N. Marina St. This stage adaptation opens Thursday, Nov. 30. 928-445-3286 or www.pca-az.net.

Next, of course, are the Valley of Lights in Prescott Valley (look for the lighted toy soldier on Highway 69 pointing the way) — open through the end of the year – and my perennial favorite, the World’s Largest Gingerbread Village at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center, 1500 Highway 69. It opens Saturday, Nov. 25 (through Jan. 1).

And, finally (saving the best for last), is Prescott’s 22nd annual Holiday Light Parade, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, in downtown Prescott (remember the after-parade party on the Prescott Mile High Middle School field).

Enjoy!

P.S. - Of course, there's always seeing a movie! The theater isn't so crowded anymore for "Only the Brave!"