Did the pilgrims celebrate Thanksgiving with turkey, gravy, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, candied yams, cranberry sauce, apple and pumpkin pies?

According to metabolism expert Dr. Mark Hyman, there’s a lesson to be learned from the original Thanksgiving meal. And, we’ve provided a calorie counting tool (http://walking.about.com/library/cal/blthanksgivingcalories.htm), so you can count what you’ve ate and know what it will take to burn it off!

Hyman says the pilgrams ate a “Daniel Plan compliant” feast. Here’s what researchers say was on the Thanksgiving meal menu. (http://www.life123.com/holidays/thanksgiving/pilgrims/what-foods-did-the-pilgrims-eat-on-thanksgiving.shtml?fcsource=dell)

Quick Analysis of the Original Thanksgiving Meal “With the variety of wild meat, the Pilgrims would have gotten lots of healthy omega-3 fats,” Hyman said. “The fat profile of wild game and fowl is much healthier than conventionally raised alternatives.”

He also said the vegetables they ate delivered a low-glycemic load and were high in phytonutrients.

“And NO PIE” he said.

According to Hyman, the original meal is a “very healthy feast—one where the participants were celebrating the nature-made bounty around them. They didn’t even have processed food, much less pie. Overall the health profile would have been excellent.”