How to stick to your weight loss plan during Thanksgiving

Written by Alex Reid
Posted November 28, 2019

Dear Reader,

Few things are harder than sticking to a diet during Thanksgiving.

The smell of stuffing and pie fills the air...

Every delicious option is literally on the table in front of you. How could you resist?

You may not be able to, but you can, at the very least, try to choose some of the healthier options. 

This is especially important for those who have a hard time getting back on the wagon after falling off. 

If one thick slice of pie can spiral your diet out of control for weeks, months, or years...

STEER CLEAR of the dessert table and, instead, stick to these classic Thanksgiving foods (ranked from healthiest to least healthy).

1. Cooked spinach. If there’s spinach at Thanksgiving, load up your plate with as much as you can — without hogging it all, of course. A whole cup of spinach has just 41 calories. If you start with a couple cups, this will really help you save up some calories to spend at the dessert table later.

2. Brussels sprouts. As with spinach, Brussels sprouts are filling, nutritious, and low in calories. Each cup has just 51 calories. 

3. Corn on the cob. One cob of corn with butter is just 95 calories. Though not quite as low in calories as spinach and Brussels sprouts, corn can be a great way to fill up. 

4. Green bean casserole. Even with fried onions on top, green bean casserole can help you keep your calories low on Thanksgiving. One serving (2/3 cup) is around 110 calories.

5. Cranberry sauce. A quarter cup of cranberry sauce is also 110 calories. Though it may not fill you up, it can help satisfy a sweet tooth, with the added benefits of antioxidants. One serving might just help keep you away from grandma’s homemade peanut butter bars. 

6. Wine. Both red wine and white wine have only 120–125 calories per glass. In fact, red wine may even help with weight loss and heart health. So enjoy a drink or two this Thanksgiving.

7. Skinless turkey breast. Grab a piece turkey breast without skin, and you won’t be too naughty this holiday season — just 127 calories for every 3.5 ounce.

8. Mashed potatoes. It’s not the best, but it’s not the worst either — one cup of mashed potatoes will add 237 calories to your plate. One small scoop won’t kill, but if you can help it, try substituting it for mashed cauliflower.

9. Pumpkin pie. If cranberry sauce doesn’t quite satisfy the sweet tooth, you’re better off with pumpkin pie over most other Thanksgiving deserts. One slice has about 316 calories. That’s about 100 calories less than apple pie. Pumpkin pie is also packed with fiber. 

It’s nice to know that there are ways to stick to your weight loss plan this Thanksgiving. However, if you *accidentally* dig into the double-fudge brownies, it’s not the end of the world. 

The most important thing is to jump right back on the wagon and work towards your weight loss goals.

To your health,

Alex Reid
President, Clear Health Now

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