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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
Garlic Pork Tenderloin Roast
Low Carb Hamburgers
Spicy Chicken Breast (tastes like spicy wings)
Stuffed Mushrooms (serves 4)
Turkey Mille-Feuille with Roasted Vegetables (serves 4)
Crispy Vanilla Ice Cream, Pumpkin Pie Flavor (serves 4)


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.