Most of our memories of Thanksgiving involve food. Unfortunately, many of these foods are typically high in calories.
While it’s totally fine to indulge in them once in a while, many of us have a ‘feast’ mindset on Thanksgiving day.
We pile our plates with calorie-dense, sugar-laden food, thinking it’s just once a year. Then we wake up the following day, feeling bloated and defeated.
Eating Healthy on Thanksgiving
The team at New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville reminds you that eating healthy on Thanksgiving doesn’t have to mean eating bland food. There are so many recipes that are as delicious as your favorite Thanksgiving favorites, just lighter.
When planning for appetizers, think of recipes that are lighter and won’t tempt your guests (or yourself) to indulge before the main course. Here are some good Thanksgiving appetizer ideas:
A Thanksgiving spread won’t be complete without the sides. Here are some of the healthiest sides we found:
- Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
- Sausage, Apple, and Herb Stuffing
- Spinach and Feta Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust
Thanksgiving won’t be complete without the turkey. If you’re looking for healthier turkey recipes, here are some:
Swap your high-sugar desserts with these healthier treats:
Tips for Healthy Eating
- Watch your portions
Even if recipes are labeled as ‘healthy’ it’s still important to watch your portions, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.
- Prioritize nutrient-dense food
Think of vegetables and whole grains. By eating them first before the heartier meals, you will be less likely to overeat.
- Enjoy every bite
Enjoy your company and savor every bite.
A study revealed that by chewing your food slower (about 1.5 times slower than normal), you can reduce your total calorie intake by about 9.5%.
Thanksgiving may seem like a challenge, especially if you are trying to lose weight, but try to frame your mind differently. Take it as an opportunity to change your habits.
If losing weight has been a long term struggle for you even with exercise, a good diet, and medicine, then you may want to consider bariatric surgery.
New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville offers a FREE educational seminar to help you make a more informed choice. Register for an upcoming session by calling (865) 541-4500.
New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery is part of Premier Surgical Bariatrics. New Life is affiliated with the Parkwest Center for Bariatric Surgery. Parkwest Medical Center is a member of Covenant Health in Knoxville, Tennessee.