Avoiding store bought desserts, and making your own so that you can control the amount of sugar (and fat) going into them.
Adding natural sweeteners to food in replace of some sugar, like herbs and spices (i.e. cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, and mint), citrus zest, dried fruits (i.e. cranberries, dates, or figs), or 100% fruit juices/purées.
Satisfying your sweet cravings by eating naturally sweet foods, such as fresh or dried fruit. Make a fruit salad, or add dried cranberries to your stuffing!
Drinking water, seltzer, or other low-calorie beverages that are low in added sugar. Not a fan of plain water? Try adding citrus juice/zest (i.e. oranges, limes, or lemons), cucumbers, fresh fruit, or a splash (1-2 tablespoons) of 100% juice to your water or seltzer.
Anything that people in early recovery should keep in mind when indulging in the holiday?
While holidays can be wonderful, there’s no doubt that they can bring on stress, anxiety, and other difficult emotions. If you are feeling uneasy, seek ways to comfort, relieve, or distract yourself without using food, as it can lead to mindless eating and unwanted calories. Before the holiday gathering, pick 2-3 soothing, fun, and distracting activities that you can easily fall back on. Some ideas to get you thinking: go for a walk, call a friend, have a warm mug of tea, or play a game.
Stephanie Approved Thanksgiving Recipes
Not sure where to start? Stephanie hand-picked these Thanksgiving recipes which are low in fat and sugar and also include Vegan options. Try them out and share your thoughts. Don’t forget to tag Herren Wellness on social!
Thanksgiving “Stuffing” Oatmeal
Healthy Pumpkin Pie
Apple and Blackberry Crumble
Healthy Mashed Potatoes
Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Healthy Green Bean Casserole