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How to Survive Thanksgiving on a Diet

how to survive thanksgiving on a diet

It’s amazing how quickly Thanksgiving sneaks up on us, but what’s more amazing is how our routine changes during the holiday. With all the parties and social events during Thanksgiving, it can be hard to stay on track with the Ideal Protein diet. We want to help guide you with tips to survive temptation, whatever food form it may take. Here are our tips on how to survive Thanksgiving on a diet.

Are you the host? Good news: you can control the menu. Prepare a variety of vegetable side dishes and dips using techniques like steaming, broiling, and roasting. If you plan to serve turkey, use a roasting pan with a rack to keep the turkey from being in fat drippings. If ham is on the menu, try a glaze of Splenda, cinnamon and nutmeg, to replace the high calorie pineapple juice or surgery glaze. Here are some more recipe ideas:

Zucchini or Kale Chips
  • Slice zucchini or kale into thin slices
  • Spray lightly with olive oil or Crisco spray
  • Sprinkle with sea salt
  • Place on paper plate with paper towels
  • Cook in microwave at 1 minute intervals until crispy
  • Tastes like potato chips!
Garlic Pork Tenderloin Roast
  • Slice 6 small cuts of park roast
  • Stuff with whole garlic cloves
  • Season with sea salt, pepper, onion powder
  • Sear all sides
  • Cook in slow cooker on medium/high
Low Carb Hamburgers
  • Grill a 93% fat free 6oz patty (will cook down to 5oz)
  • Two romaine leaves approx 8” long (this will be your bread)
  • Place hamburger patty on one end
  • Add pickle, onion, Walden Farms ketchup, mustard
  • Fold other end over patty
  • Take other piece of romaine and fold over (makes a nice square pocket)
  • Messy but tastes great!
Spicy Chicken Breast (tastes like spicy wings)
  • Ground chicken breast
  • Pound breast to about ¾”
  • Season with sea salt, onion powder and garlic powder
  • Grill approx 10-12 minutes on each side
  • Mix Walden Farms Thick-n-Spicy BBQ Sauce and Cayenne Hot Sauce (to taste)
  • Pour onto breast
Stuffed Mushrooms (serves 4)


  •  1/2 lb. chopped cooked shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 4 large Portabella mushrooms
  • 1 /2 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 cup radishes, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp green onions, chopped
  • 16 fresh basil leaves
  • 4 Tbsp Ideal Protein Classic Balsamic Dressing*
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. On a baking sheet, place portabella caps and drizzle with olive oil; set in the oven for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together cucumbers, radishes, green onions and balsamic dressing.
  4. When the portabella caps are ready, you can start dressing your plates.
  5. To serve, take a ring, fine the inside with the sliced cucumbers.
  6. Then, place the mixture inside the ring.
  7. Lastly, top with cooked portabella caps.
  8. Bon appetit!
Turkey Mille-Feuille with Roasted Vegetables (serves 4)


  • 16 oz turkey breast, finely sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 cup orange and yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup spinach, cooked
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. On a baking sheet, place bell pepper slices: set in the oven 30 minutes.
  3. Once the peppers are well roasted, remove and let cool.
  4. Then, in an oven safe mold (ramekin), place tomato slices at the base and then layer in the following order: raw turkey, roasted pepper, turkey, spinach, turkey.
  5. Top it off with one fast tomato slice.
  6. Lastly, set mille-feuille in the oven for 30 minutes or until the turkey is fully cooked.
  7. Bon appetit!
Crispy Vanilla Ice Cream, Pumpkin Pie Flavor (serves 4)


  • 1 Ideal Protein Cookies & Cream bar
  • 3 Ideal Protein ready-to-serve Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 pinch pumpkin spice
  • 4 Tbsp Ideal Protein Maple Flavoured Syrup


  1. In a blender, crumble cookies and cream bar, until a crispy consistency is reached.
  2. Now, in a large bowl, mix together vanilla pudding and pumpkin spice.
  3. Then, in a ramekin, press the cookies and cream crumble in the bottom to make a base and top with pumpkin pudding mixture.
  4. Lastly, place ramekins In the freezer for approximately an hour. Remember to drizzle with Maple Syrup before serving!
  5. Bon appetit!


Are you the guest? Ask the host if you can contribute to the meal and bring one or more IP-friendly vegetable side dishes or even a dessert. This ensures you will have options during the party to keep your hunger satisfied and your diet on track. Bring along an IP snack, just in case you need that little something extra. The NEW Ideal Protein Unrestricted Mac & Cheese makes for a great side. Also, check out this recipe for IP-Friendly Roasted Vegetables.

Prepare for the party. Don’t skip meals before the party; eat a well planned meal prior to the event. Drink a full glass of water before you leave, it will make you feel fuller. Wear something that fits snuggly. It will be a physical reminder of your goal and help you stay focused.

At the party, participate in the fun and games. Take the focus off the food table and get involved in a group activity. Stay an arms length away from temptation, like the dessert table. If the party is low key, grab a glass of water and hold in your dominate hand so as not to be tempted to grab something off the snack tray.

Embrace the spirit of the season with a good dose of client’s common sense. Moderation is key to a healthy weight. Don’t undo all the healthy habits you’re established.

Check out Ideal Protein’s full Thanksgiving menu!

Need encouragement? Contact your coach or Ideal Change for more tips on how to survive Thanksgiving on a diet.

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