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Everything You Need To Know About Eating Well During Thanksgiving (And Other Holiday Feasts)

Excited about the holidays, but not sure how it’ll affect your health and fitness goals? You’re not alone! There are plenty of reasons why you might feel anxious during the holidays, but food should NOT be one of them. Check out these simple 20 tips for eating healthy during Thanksgiving (and other holidays!).

  1. Eat white meat over dark meat for less saturated fat and fewer calories.
  2. Use light/reduced fat cheese and condensed soup products for your casseroles. Better yet, don’t make or eat these casseroles at all and opt for dishes made with real, whole foods!
  3. Substitute white sugar for coconut sugar, honey, and/or stevia.
  4. Limit alcohol to two drinks per meal. If you want to have more alcohol, cut back on additional carbs you might be eating that night.
  5. Use olive oil instead of butter in dishes like dressing and potatoes.
  6. Opt for pumpkin based desserts over other sugary treats. 
  7. Ditch the brown and serve rolls. Unless it’s homemade or something you’d die without, save your calories and carbs for something that’s important to you. For the most part, bread at holiday meals is total overkill!
  8. Sweet potatoes are loaded with Vitamin A and beta carotene. Ditch artificial ingredients like marshmallows and canned yams that are full of high fructose corn syrup and eat up!
  9. Instead of canned cranberry sauce, make your own. It’s super easy and a great way to avoid high fructose corn syrup.
  10. Roasted root vegetables with olive oil, garlic, and some herb de provence is a simple, but elegant and healthy side for any holiday feast.
  11. Stick to water, water with lemon/lime, seltzer, etc. Steer clear of sugary mixed drinks, egg nog that have added calories and sugar. 
  12. If possible, have your thanksgiving meal mid-day instead of late at night. You’ll digest your food better this way.
  13. Instead of eating heavy appetizers, try something light like veggies and hummus, soup, or a salad.
  14. Practice portion control. If you’re the kind of holiday eater that really loves to try EVERY single dish, that’s totally fine. But make a habit of not taking huge portions of any one food. This way, you can participate and enjoy all the foods you want.
  15. Brussel sprouts, broccoli, parsnips, and turnips are all in season this time of year. Try sautéing or roasting with a little olive oil. Brussel sprouts taste especially well with crushed red pepper!
  16. Go organic when you can. Purchasing an organic turkey might seem expensive at first, but remember that it’ll be a solid investment worth the extra cost. Plus, you’ll have lots of organic leftover turkey.
  17. If you’re going elsewhere for Thanksgiving, bring a plant-based side (i.e. some sort of dish with veggies) that you can share with the entire party.
  18. Instead of mashed potatoes, try mashed cauliflower. Fewer carbs, but same flavor!
  19. Make sure you exercise before the meal! Most gyms and fitness clubs have limited hours on Thanksgiving and even other holidays. This way you’ll be able to feel less guilty about indulging.
  20. If you do slip up, don’t stress it. As long as your diet is pretty clean year-round, one day of bad eating isn’t the end of the word. Have your cake, eat your pie, and indulge guilt-free! 

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