Gobble Gobble Gobble..… Enjoy Thanksgiving without any extra “stuffing”!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s a time for family and friends to come together and enjoy a great meal and make great memories together. Many  families and individuals will be following The Metabolism Miracle this holiday season….and since this particular holiday is ALL about the food, I wanted to give my Met B’s some guidance and options for this special holiday.

If you are on Step 1 of MM, you have options!…

Option 1:  You can consider  your Thanksgiving meal as a “celebration” meal.  “Special dispensation” given (smiling) for the 5 hour block that contains your feast…Just remember to keep the food fest to that one five hour block.  Follow Step 1 from wake up until Thanksgiving dinner, enjoy the feast,   then pick up where you left off on Step 1.   If your Thanksgiving meal is at 4pm… make sure you have a snack if you won’t be eating again until after 9pm. And the beat goes on………..

WARNING:  The carb overload at Thanksgiving will have a definite affect on the way you feel afterward.  On Step 1, your pancreas is “on vacation”…and adding all of these extra carbs is like throwing ice cubes on a sunbather….YEOW….  After the meal  and for the next few days,  you will notice increased cravings, feel a bit more tired, and a tad more irritable than normal towards your family (laughing here….is that the carbs or the holiday togetherness????).

Option 2:   If you choose to stay true blue and not cut loose with the Thanksgiving meal… it’s quite possible and not too difficult to stay on  Step 1:

  • Enjoy all of the turkey that you want with gravy (many jarred gravies fit on Step 1)
  • Try green beans sautéed in olive oil with slivered almonds, garlic, salt and pepper
  • Have a heaping helping of Cauliflower Mashed potatoes (recipe in book)
  • Enjoy a salad of assorted greens, cheeses, olives, nuts, and balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Sip on a Diet Cranberry Spritzer : (Use Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Juice and a splash of diet lemon/lime soda…garnish with a lime wedge) or
  • Savor a glass of chilled Pinot Grigio or a Lite beer
  • For dessert, indulge in Pumpkin Ricotta Crème (Mix ½ cup part-skim ricotta, 1 Tbls low fat sour cream, ¼ tsp vanilla extract, ¼ tsp ground cinnamon, 2 Tbls canned pumpkin, 1 packed Splenda together…chill…and top with whipped cream to serve)


If you are on Step 2 for Thanksgiving….You also have options!

You can choose to use the Thanksgiving 5 hour block as a “celebration” meal.  Your entire day would follow Step 2 rules, but you would insert Thanksgiving in a 5 hour block.  When you’re done with your Thanksgiving meal, make sure you have an 11-20g option within 5 hours, and so on. If you do not want to stray, here are some options for you:

  • Have all of the turkey that you would like (since this is neutral) and gravy.
  • Try green beans sautéed in olive oil with slivered almonds, garlic, salt and pepper
  • Have a generous helping of cauliflower mashed potatoes on your plate
  • Sip on your favorite “neutral” beverage of choice, like the Diet Cranberry Spritzer, wine, or lite beer
  • Pick any of the following as your 11-20g option during the meal:
    • ½ sweet potato with butter and lite sour cream
    • ½ cup mashed sweet potatoes topped with cinnamon and Splenda
    • ½ ear of corn on the cob
    • ½ c steamed corn nibblets
    • 1/3 c stuffing made with whole wheat bread


  • For dessert, enjoy this “nutty” twist on low-carb cheesecake: (Take 1 cup of Emeralds Cocoa Roast Almonds or Cinnamon Roast Almonds… finely chop in a food processor and top the low carb cheesecake made as directed in The Metabolism Miracle)


If you are on Maintenance…

Option 1:  Treat Thanksgiving as a “celebration meal”…enjoy and return to maintenance for the meal/snack afterward.

Option 2 : depending on the number of carbs you are allowed based on your own personal maintenance carb amount, choose the appropriate number of options for this meal. For example, if you are allowed (3) 11-20g items..your meal may look like:

  • Turkey with gravy
  • Cauliflower mashed potatoes
  • 1/3 c whole wheat stuffing ( 1 carb)
  • ½ ear of corn (1 carb)
  • Green beans sautéed in olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic
  • Warm baked apple cinnamon/butter  and whipped cream (1 carb)
  • Glass of wine or lite beer or diet cranberry drink from above


Remember…. The Metabolism Miracle is a LIFESTYLE. The most important part of your holiday is that you are comfortable, happy, and you enjoy the day and the people you are with. You pick the option that best fits your life, and then continue on your journey to success! I wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!   xo Diane


About Diane Kress

Author of The New York Times Bestseller; The Metabolism Miracle, The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook, and The Diabetes Miracle. and The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition. Owner, developer, and administrator of The Metabolism Miracle's support site: www.Miracle-Ville.com. Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, www.themetabolismmiracle.com www.thediabetesmiracle.com www.miracle-ville.com Email: dietquestions@ymail.com
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