Stuff Your Turkey, Not Yourself This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day that only comes around once a year when we look forward to all the delicious food we’ll enjoy with family and friends. For many of us, it’s a day that could also potentially sabotage our diet and weight loss progress. But with a little know-how, you can still satisfy your craving for traditional Thanksgiving favorites guilt-free.

For example, have a large salad with vinaigrette dressing to start your meal. It will fill you up and make it easier to control how much you eat during the rest of the meal. And make turkey the star of your meal.  It’s a great source of lean protein so feel free to have a generous serving – without the skin.

There are also many starchy, high calorie foods that are part of the traditional Thanksgiving meal such as mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, creamed veggies, etc.  Choose your favorites, but only take 1 or 2 tablespoons of each. You can always have seconds of the ones you really enjoy.

Use the same strategy for dessert.  Choose your favorites, but only eat 3 or 4 forkfuls. You’ll notice that the first bite or two are what really taste the best anyway. A small slice of pumpkin pie is a great choice. It’s rich in fiber and nutrients. You can even splurge with a tablespoon of whipped cream on top.

Remember, it’s okay to indulge a little on Thanksgiving. Just make sure to eat balanced, healthy meals the next day.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Zestar co-founder and dedicated Zestar app user Joy Solomon was inspired by her weight loss struggles with diet after diet that did not bring results. Guided by her scientific education and extensive medical and health information background (including CEO of IVI Publishing, the creator of the highly acclaimed Mayo Clinic health information website), Joy delved into the science of weight loss to bring Zestar to life. Join her on her weight loss journey as she blogs about tips and insights that can help you be successful on your weight loss journey too. Read Joy's full bio.


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