Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, holiday gatherings and of course, eating. How many calories could you expect to consume with Thanksgiving dinner?

Well, according to the Calorie Control Council, a Thanksgiving dinner could cost you 4500 calories. That's a lot of thanks. But, believe it or not, the news isn't all bad. You may not be consuming that much.

According to a survey from Basic Science and reported at thedailymeal.com, most Americans expect to consume less than 1800 calories. That has to do with the fact that 70% of people will plan to skip meals or only snack earlier in the day in anticipation of the big meal.

When you think about it, 1800 calories isn't that bad at all. The only thing I'm worried about is the phrase "expect to consume". Not all the things we "expect to" do actually happen. I expect to lose 20 lbs. starting every New Year's Day, and I expect to clean the garage and attic. You get my point.

I know we all have to be as healthy as possible and eat well, but let's not be too hard on ourselves this week, after all, it is Thanksgiving!