The Secret to Eating Whatever You Want on Thanksgiving Without Gaining Weight


My favorite holiday of the year. The food, the family, the GRATITUDE.

As a bonafide health nut, you’d think this post would be something like:

“How to Have the Healthiest Thanksgiving Ever” or “How to Stick to Your Diet During the Holidays”

…but it’s not.

I’ve struggled with disordered eating in the past, but the last few years have been my healthiest yet. I do remember one Thanksgiving where I had to book it from the table because I thought I was going to throw up because I overate to the point where I could barely breathe. So, I know what it’s like to have a twisted relationship with holidays that are centered around food.

If you’re in that place, you’re not alone and you won’t always be. You’ll get better.

This is not a Thanksgiving survival guide.

My post is this:

Go All Out on ThanksgivingBUT…

Don’t let it carry into the next few days or lead to a binge.

I have no problem eating whatever the hell I want on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving should be enjoyed not survived. I look forward to it. Yup, I give myself a full on free pass to enjoy however much of whatever I want. BUT that stays on Thanksgiving. The key is not to let it carry into the next day, the weekend, or the next week. Enjoy the heck out of Thanksgiving and then get back to your normal ways. To me, that’s the real problem that people face during the holidays. Not Thanksgiving itself, but the day before with family, or the day after with leftovers. Or the weekend after when you think “Oh well, I already ruined everything might as well just keep eating and drinking whatever I want.”

No, no, no.

Eating whatever you want on Thanksgiving will not derail your progress or cause you to gain any real weight – it’s continuing to indulge afterwards that might. I find the painful task of trying to restrict myself on Thanksgiving far more miserable than any potential “damage” my going all out would cause. But, that’s because I know I won’t let it snowball into something other than one day’s worth of feasting.

So, I don’t have any tips to not overeat during this meal. Although, I must say, my family and I prefer to make wholesome, nutritious foods as the center of our meals. There are plenty of mouth watering dishes that you can make without using the most fattening ingredients possible. I will, however, be making corn casserole, bread pudding, and sweet potato casserole. There will be some butter and sugar, but there will also be some almond milk and oats. It’s all good.

When you’re thinking about the week ahead, rather than focusing how not to eat too much on Thanksgiving, maybe just accept the fact that you’ll probably eat too much and just enjoy it. Instead, make a solid plan for the other days. Make sure you fit in your workouts. Stick to your normal, healthy meals. Take walks. Have a delicious Thanksgiving, and leave it at that!

Cheers to a wonderful Thanksgiving week!


Wicked Healthy Wonderings: Do you agree with me? Disagree? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

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    • Lauren
    • April 26, 2020

    I think it is important to enjoy the day, but let it end there. Eat what you want in moderation and then get back to your regular routine the next day. It helps to remember you can always have these foods – it is not your only chance and overdoing it leads to feeling awful the next day.

    • Jen
    • April 29, 2020

    Love this post and I couldn’t agree more with this idea. I’ve definitely been on the overeating train and carried it over into the days following :). Definitely taking this encouragement for this week!

    • linda
    • April 30, 2020

    Thanks! Love you so much!))

    • Susie
    • May 2, 2020

    I think you just have to be aware. Eat what you want, but don’t make yourself sick, people! And incorporate a little movement into the day-besides, then you can have a bit more. But you got it–eat to a point, then STOP. STOP STOP STOP

    • Kristen
    • May 3, 2020

    I completely agree! Enjoy the day. If you’re living a healthy lifestyle one day of indulgence won’t hurt you. The next day keep the leftovers that fit your lifestyle (turkey, veggies etc) and ditch anything you can’t handle in moderation.

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