How was your Thanksgiving? Nice turkey? Did you eat so much pumpkin pie that it physically hurt? Or just so much that you dozed off in front of the TV and were unable to move until the end of the Black Friday sales?
Either way, you wouldn't be alone. When I moved to New York last year I was thrilled to be invited to a genuine, bona fide, American Thanksgiving meal. "How exciting, your first Thanksgiving!" said my coworker, Chris. "Now remember. It's really important that you should eat so much food that you literally want to throw up." In this way Thanksgiving has proven to be much like Christmas in England - a holiday to wallow in excess and gluttony, and fret about it afterwards.
An esteemed Dutch eating researcher, Dr Margriet Westenterp-Plantenga, once gave a talk in our research center. She had been giving women high protein diets and asking them how satiated they were afterwards. We eyed her with suspicion. How did they know what 'satiated' meant? Wasn't that just a fancy research term only used by us obesity boffins? No, she said. In the Netherlands they say it all the time. Do you want any more? Nee, ik heb voldoende gehad. No, I am satiated. Apparently it doesn't quite mean 'full'. It means something like 'I have had enough', or 'sufficient'.