Your Healthy Thanksgiving Plan – It’s Possible!
Thanksgiving is a challenging time for many dieters, but it does not have to make a big dent in your healthy effort. Here are some tips from The BariatricPal Store to help you keep your Thanksgiving weekend from throwing you too far off your meal plan.
Satisfy Your Cravings in Healthy Ways
Seeing all the Thanksgiving treats, recipes, and ads for weeks before the big day can trigger cravings. Give in to each craving, and you can suffer thousands of calories’ worth of damage. However, it is usually possible to deal with the cravings in healthy ways. One strategy is to have healthy substitutes to turn to so you can satisfy your cravings without guilt.
For example, dip Protein Chips into Protein Cheese Dip or Protein Salsa instead of choosing tortilla or potato chips and a creamy dip while watching football on Thanksgiving weekend. Instead of pumpkin pie, mix up some low-carb Pumpkin Pie Pudding or stir canned pumpkin, cinnamon, and Vanilla Protein Powder into some Protein oatmeal. And no way should you give up mashed potatoes and gravy if you love them. Just swap in some Mock Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Gravy – both easy, low-carb, and high-protein choices. Healthy choices can be as simple as taking the skin off the turkey before you eat it!
Start the Day off Right
Skipping breakfast on Thanksgiving might seem intuitive. You might reason that you’ll be saving up a few extra calories for the big feast. The strategy does not always work, though, since you might end up so ravenous by meal-time that you overeat. Instead, you might want to choose a high-protein, low-calorie breakfast such as Protein Cereal, Protein Oatmeal, Protein Omelets or Protein Pancakes.
Fend for Yourself
There’s always room for another dish on the Thanksgiving table, so you might as well add a healthy one to the mix. If you bring a green salad with Low-Calorie Dressing or a veggie platter with creamy Veggie Dip, you can be sure to have a healthy choice to depend on while everyone else is chowing down on candied sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and sausage stuffing.
It’s not always easy to have discipline on Thanksgiving, but you can do it. Just make sure you are prepared with the healthy foods you need to stay on track. Enjoy the company of your loved ones, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
- Abegail Fernandez