I love this holiday!! ALWAYS my favorite! You get great food surrounded by people you love and this year it was finally done almost right! : D
The last two years not all the family has been together, we had gone to a restaurant instead, it was just not right, not the way I preferred and disappointing. 🙁 One year, I went with half of my family to a restaurant, the second year I went with the other half to the same restaurant. This year there was only one important person missing, who I hope will join us next year. Because we love him very much!
But other than that, it was PERFECT! We cooked the bird first thing in the morning, around 7 am, my sister and her posse came a few hours later and they brought homemade desserts that my sister had made! Pumpkin pie, chocolate cream pie and FUDGE! Wow, she can bake LOL! Good stuff! : D
We hung out and talked like we always do when we have togetherness, then my daughter Liz ended up staying the night with her Auntie!
Tryptophan is what is in turkey that makes you drowsy. The reason why it makes you drowsy is per Wikipedia “One belief is that heavy consumption of turkey meat (as for example in a Thanksgiving or Christmas feast) results in drowsiness, which has been attributed to high levels of tryptophan contained in turkey. However, while turkey does contain high levels of tryptophan, the amount is comparable to that contained in most other meats.
Furthermore, post-meal drowsiness on Thanksgiving may have more to do with what else is consumed along with the turkey and, in particular, carbohydrates. It has been demonstrated in both animal models and humans that ingestion of a meal rich in carbohydrates triggers release of insulin. Insulin in turn stimulates the uptake of large neutral branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), but not tryptophan (an aromatic amino acid) into muscle, increasing the ratio of tryptophan to BCAA in the blood stream. The resulting increased ratio of tryptophan to BCAA in the blood reduces competition at the large neutral amino acid transporter (which transports both BCAA and aromatic amino acids), resulting in the uptake of tryptophan across the blood-brain barrier into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Once in the CSF, tryptophan is converted into serotonin in the raphe nuclei by the normal enzymatic pathway. The resultant serotonin is further metabolised into melatonin by the pineal gland. Hence, this data suggest that “feast-induced drowsiness”—and, in particular, the common post-Christmas and North American post-Thanksgiving dinner drowsiness—may be the result of a heavy meal rich in carbohydrates, which, via an indirect mechanism, increases the production of sleep-promoting melatonin in the brain.”