How to Have a Healthy Thanksgiving

Got willpower? Sure you do! It may seem daunting to face a buffet full of off-plan foods and say, “No,” but you CAN do it.

Will it be difficult at times? Maybe. Will it be worth it? Absolutely! When you step on the scale lighter than before the holidays, you’ll see others running to the gym and crash dieting and think, “I am so glad I don’t have to do anything else but stay on plan.”

With the temptations of Thanksgiving festivities looming, now is a great time to focus on your success. When you center your thoughts on continued success and meeting your weight loss goal, it’s easy to say, “No” to the pumpkin pie and gravy. Just think about the delicious, on-plan treats you can have—turkey, sweet potatoes (minus marshmallows, of course), green beans and the list goes on!

Sometimes the easiest things can be the hardest to do, so let’s focus on what you can do now and through Thanksgiving!

4 Ways to Have a Healthy Thanksgiving:

  1. Get outside: getting outside for a breath of fresh air can revive you, connect with the outdoors and encourage movement. The less lying around on the house you do, the better.
  2. Eat at your regular mealtimes: around the holidays, many of us have one huge meal in the afternoon and regret it for the rest of the day; don’t fall prey to this! Eat the same portion sizes and types of foods that you do all throughout the year. Sure, they can be festive foods like turkey or sweet potatoes, but don’t overdo it. This can sap your energy and your willpower to continue making good decisions.
  3. Have a delicious substitute for dessert: I can’t tell you how important it is to have something healthy on hand that makes for a sweet substitute for pie, cookies and candy. You will need a distraction when the dessert tray comes around; whether it’s a serving of your favorite pudding Thermo-Snacks®, Greek yogurt and fruit, or a homemade Strawberry Mousse.
  4. Do what’s right for you: what’s right for you may not be what everyone else wants you to do. It’s OK to say no. You will be in much better spirits when you are on plan and feeling good about yourself. If friends and family are giving you a hard time, make light of the situation. And if they press the subject of your food choices, simply tell them that you’ve made a decision to eat healthier. No excuses needed because you’re in command!

Remember, the more you plan ahead, the more prepared you will be for what unhealthy temptations might surface over the holidays. Whether you need to be mentally prepared to say no to family or physically prepared to have on-plan alternatives with you at all times, the SlimGenics program will have you ready for anything.

You can find many delicious and nutritious food recipes, right here on the SlimGenics blog. To get you started, here’s a sneak peek at the new STEP in the Kitchen™ cookbook with a tasty healthy alternative for mashed potatoes!

Healthy Mashed Potato Alternative: Whipped Sweet Potatoes

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup 1% or 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Pinch Morton® Lite Salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper

In a small saucepan, add enough cold water to sweet potatoes to cover them. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15–20 minutes or until sweet potato is fork tender. Drain. Add sweet potato to bowl of standing mixer (or use an immersion blender) with milk and butter. Mix until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Makes 2 servings

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