Thanksgiving Do’s and Don’ts

Thursday, November 27, 2014 1

So I was watching “The Today Show” the other day…Yes, I do enjoy a morning show on occasion.  You can judge all you want but one can only take so much SportsCenter.  I call it highlight overload.

Moving on…

In the spirit of Thanksgiving they did a segment on eating smart during the holiday.  The host’s nutritional knowledge was put to the test, with help from a registered dietitian who’s also a contributor to “Cooking Light” magazine.  In a this for that type scenario, food items were categorized into groups, (sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls/pecan pie, pumpkin pie/red wine, white wine, cider/etc..) and it was the host’s job, and me the viewer, to figure out which item would be a healthier option.  Check it out here.

In the words of Billy Madison- “Anymore brain busters” cursive

Ok, I get it…it’s the Today Show, and they had about a 5 minute time slot for the segment so I’m sure simplicity was the goal.

It did, however, get me thinking about a Thanksgiving post that I could do.  I thought a simple DO’s and Don’ts list was in order.


Thanksgiving Do’s

-Enjoy time with family, friends and loved ones.  Be grateful that they are in your life and you in theirs!

-Watch football.  If not for the football, do it for the chance to see players chowing down on giant turkey legs after the game.

-Watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” Classics like this never get old!

-Enjoy the food that has become part of the Thanksgiving tradition in your circle of family/friends. Healthy or not!

-Take a walk after the feast! The movement and fresh air will aid the body in digestion. charliebrownthanks

-Help clean up! If you’re a guest in someone’s house this is an absolute must.

-Save the turkey bones and make bone broth.

-Get some exercise in the day after.  A light jog, yoga, weights.  Battle through the sluggishness and you’ll feel 10X better.


Thanksgiving Don’ts 

-Create a gigantic mound of food on your plate.  This is what your 15 year old self would do but something your current self can’t handle!  You’ll be the first one snoozing on the couch.

-Count calories.  Obsessing over calories will drive you mad, even more so on Thanksgiving.  Don’t worry about it…this day comes once a year!

-Don’t eat all the starchy foods.  Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, dinner rolls.  Indulging in all of these isn’t a good idea if you’re trying to avoid an insulin spike.  My advice: save the dinner rolls for left over turkey sandwiches the day after.

-Don’t go crazy with dessert.  If you must try every option, take halves or smaller pieces.


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!


*Featured Image Credit: BohemianDolls  *Charlie Brown Image Credit: Cozinhando Fantasias
















1 Comment
  • Brooke
    November 27, 2014

    I will try to check off ALL of those Do’s. And I am definitely very grateful for the loved ones I get to share Thanksgiving with;)

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