5 Healthy Thanksgiving Tips To Follow

Thanksgiving is synonymous for mountains of mashed potatoes, rich gravy, hearty stuffing, roasted turkey, and pies of every variety. If you are trying to lose weight on Atkins during the holidays, follow these 5 tips below for a healthy and happy Thanksgiving.

1. Set Realistic Diet Goals. Even during the holidays, you can continue to lose weight or at least maintain the weight you have already lost on Atkins. Don’t set yourself up for failure and expect to be able to lose weight at the same rate that you have been, but create some realistic goals that will help you stay on track. This can be as simple as substituting some traditional carb-filled holiday recipes with Atkins seasonal favorites, replacing a typically food-centered tradition with a fun activity or resolving to continue writing in your food journal every day.

2. Reduce Stressors. Let go of the small stuff. If you are hosting Thanksgiving, your table settings or décor do not need to be worthy of Martha Stewart’s praise. This is the time to give thanks, and enjoy the company of family and friends.

3. Avoid Emotional Eating. Holidays can bring out the best—and worst—in all of us. Keep up with your food journal, so that you can monitor when you are craving—or eating—foods purely out of stress or frustration. Remember to stay tuned in to why and when you are eating, and make sure to keep Atkins-friendly snacks, including Atkins shakes and bars, on hand.

4. Plan On Indulging A Little. Whether it’s the mashed potatoes or bread stuffing or pies and cookies, there is probably some traditional family dish that has always been a part of your Thanksgiving. Decide how you will handle this situation, whether you choose to bring an Atkins approved Thanksgiving Dessert or allow yourself to indulge in a few bites of the traditional favorite.

5. Work The Extra Carbs Off. Make up for the extra calories you might end up consuming during this week by adding some extra activity into your days. Take a walk with the family, join the kids on a bike ride or just park farther away from the grocery store or mall and take the stairs instead of an elevator. Exercise is a great tip for staying healthy during Thanksgiving because it also acts a stress reliever.