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My Favorite Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving is here this week , which means food, food and more food. Since I’ve been living the Atkins lifestyle for more than 25 years, I’ve learned some strategies that help me enjoy this holiday to its fullest without overdoing it on forbidden treats or even feeling deprived. Here’s what works for me on turkey day and well into the holiday season:

Follow the 3-2 plan. I strongly recommend eating three meals and two snacks a day. That will keep you full and satisfied and less likely to grab something to eat that’s not on your plan.

Eat before you eat or cook. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your house, keep plenty of Atkins-friendly snacks on hand during all your cooking and preparations for the big meal. By hosting your own party, you have total control over the menu and activities.  If you’re not hosting, fortify yourself with a filling Atkins-friendly snack before you go. My favorite snacks are Greek yogurt with slivered almonds and blueberries, or Cheddar cheese with strips of red pepper, or an Atkins Advantage bar or a shake. Or you could a have a small low-carb meal, such as a chef salad topped with grilled chicken. The combination of a small amount of carbs with fat and protein will stabilize your blood sugar. That way, you’ll have the physical backup to your mental fortitude so you can pass up holiday foods that are not on your low-carb meal plan.

Enjoy your options. Thanksgiving features plenty of low-carb options, with the star being the turkey, of course. We have some delicious recipes in our recipes database for turkey, ham, mashed cauliflower (instead of potatoes), green bean casserole, low carb stuffing ideas and more. There are even some decadent low-carb desserts that everyone will enjoy.

Work it off. No matter how “good” you are when it comes to Thanksgiving temptations; the reality is that you’ll probably take in a few extra carbs. And there’s nothing like a little exercise to make you feel good about yourself and renew your commitment and motivation. Squeeze in an exercise video, take the dog on a walk or do something active with the family after the big meal.
 
Give yourself a break. The holidays are a time to enjoy family and friends, and yes, some favorite foods. If there isn’t an Atkins-friendly alternative, enjoy a little bit of the real thing, and don’t throw all reason to the wind, just make sure your next meal or snack is low-carb. Don’t beat yourself up if you’re not continuing to lose weight during this time. A true sign of success is maintaining what you’ve already lost while still enjoying food, friends and family.

Published Monday, November 25, 2013 11:53 AM by colette_heimowitz
Filed Under: Carb Balance/Carb Intolerance, Personal observations & lessons learned
Comments
cswilson35 said:
Thank you for your wonderful tips. I plan on keeping to program but I also like to go well armed with an alternate plan in case the first one doesn't go as planned. I love all of the supprt offered here at the website. The positive reinforcement feels like someone else in my corner cheering me on to success.
November 25, 2013 01:38 PM EST
patti.cake said:
Thanks for the holiday food support! I really like the 3-2 plan, it works well for me. I keep Atkins bars in my purse and car console for those busy moments. If I wait too long between eating, I'm ravenous and don't trust myself. Having Atkins bars, snacks and a good food plan with the 3-2 plan makes this living well and not a diet! Atkins works!!!! Thanks again, Patti.Cake
November 25, 2013 03:44 PM EST
naugy81 said:
Thank you for all your helpful tips! Happy Thanksgiving!
November 26, 2013 01:22 AM EST
jwbrighteyes said:
Thank you for the great common sense words of wisdom. I will certainly take them to heart!
November 27, 2013 06:09 AM EST
Enjah said:
Thank you! I really needed these tips. I will do my best.
November 27, 2013 03:25 PM EST
Sherry Murphy said:
I have questions. Not sure if this is where to ask?? I have a Keurig coffee maker. I can't find ingredients listed. I assume that if they have artificial flavors added to the coffees that they will not be acceptable ? Also when I can have alcohol do the flavored Vodkas have carbs? I signed up for starter kit but had to leave the site before I finished. Now when I go back in it won't accept my request. How do I get a starter kit.. sherrymurphy10@yahoo.com
January 18, 2014 07:17 PM EST
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