This year, feel as good after the meal as you do while eating it.
Thanksgiving is often a day for celebration: We gather with friends and family, we think about the people and the things that we are grateful for, and of course we share food and we feast. But for those of who who are trying to stay healthy and keep our eating habits on track, Thanksgiving can be difficult to navigate. After all, overindulging is a big part of the fall and winter holiday entertaining traditions, from Halloween candy and Thanksgiving desserts to Christmas Cookies and New Year's Champagne. So what's a person on a diet (or just simply trying to eat a little better) to do?
You don't want to try to abstain entirely from any kind of fun or indulgent food. Even if you manage to white-knuckle it through all of the holidays, you won't enjoy yourself, and it'll only increase your desire for foods you "can't" have. Instead, focus on adding taste where it really counts, make sure there's a good mix of healthy foods like Thanksgiving salads and also some indulgent foods on the table, and help yourself to a reasonable portion of both. Here's our list of some of our favorite tasty but also relatively healthy Thanksgiving recipes. These still contain some butter, sugar, salt, and even carbs. But they're not over-the-top indulgent. You can make them, and eat them in reasonable portions, sure in the knowledge that you're still keeping healthy. And if you do go back for that second slice of pie? Don't beat yourself up! A once-a-year feast won't negate all the hard work you've put into eating healthy for the rest of the year.