How to Survive Thanksgiving on a Low Carb Diet

How to Survive Thanksgiving on a Low Carb Diet

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Thanksgiving can be very stressful. Especially if you are on a special diet. I’m going to give you a few guidelines to survive Thanksgiving on a low carb diet and even enjoy it!

If you are able to cheat every once in a while. People like me with no medical condition, great lipid panel and an overall healthy diet majority of the time. The holidays are just that. A day I get to let loose and enjoy things I normally never get to. My kids love it as they never get flour and sugar made treats at home. So if you are lucky like me, enjoy the holidays, then get back on track the day after.

Following a Ketogenic/Low Carb Diet

If you are like my dad for instance. Type 2 diabetic, fatty liver and recovering from cancer. Cheating is not an option. He has to stay on a ketogenic diet to stay healthy. Fellow keto friends. This advice is for you.

If you are hosting the holidays, make a keto friendly menu. Heck if you are paying for the feast and putting in the labor, you can do whatever you want. Tell your relatives the menu ahead of time and they can bring sides if they want.

If you are a guest bring low carb food that you know you are allowed to eat. The main pitfalls of Thanksgiving is normally sides, the gravy and dessert.

Bring your own gravy, or make it on the spot. My brown butter gravy works great if the host is willing to put a little bit of the drippings aside for you.

Bring healthy sides such as salad, peas, cauliflower either as rice or mashed or spaghetti squash.

Bring a low carb dessert. Desserts like my whipped coconut cream with berries are excellent and super easy to make. There are quite a few great low carb friendly recipes that are easy to make and bring. Granted you will probably be the only one eating them, so don’t worry about bringing enough for everyone.

If appetizers are your pitfall. Bring deviled eggs. Heck it’s fairly likely someone will bring deviled eggs. Great snack and doesn’t get your blood sugar going.

Each family is different. I belong to a family that is very health conscious and has quite a number of food sensitivities. We make gluten free, dairy free, sugar free and vegetarian holidays work for us. Nobody gets offended if I don’t help myself to the marshmallow covered sweet potatoes and go for the sugar free sweet potatoes instead. But I also have family that doesn’t understand why my dad for example really should not cheat on his diet. One time off the tracks can’t hurt right? Ignore these voices and tell them you have to do what is best for you. You know your body and you don’t want to feel sick afterwards or be left in the pit of cravings for the next few weeks. 

Stay strong my friends, the holidays are only once a year!


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