As we make our way into the fall season, most of us are typically getting prepared to spend time with our families around the dinner table. For many people, Thanksgiving is the time of year where they can eat some of their favorite foods. Between all the different casseroles, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls, and tons of different types of pies. While many people are excited to take part in the festivities, there are a lot of people who find it difficult to navigate the menu between their diets and personal dietary restrictions. It can be a difficult battle to fight when it comes to wanting to continue your health track while also wanting to enjoy this food that may only be made once a year.
For people who may be on a diet voluntarily, it is important to know that one meal is not going to make or break your progress. Similar to how one healthy meal will not cause you to drop 10 pounds, one meal with starchy carbs and sweets is not going to cause you to put on 10 pounds. According to Healthline, it takes 3500 calories to make a pound—meaning that you would have to eat an additional 3500 calories on top of your daily amount to gain sustainable weight. It is important to maintain moderation even through Thanksgiving meals, being sure to keep your serving sizes proportional to yourself.
You only get to eat Thanksgiving dinner once a year, and you should allow yourself to enjoy it! Aside from how delicious the food is, you should also allow for yourself to make memories cooking and eating the food with your family and friends. It is possible to have a slice of pumpkin pie without going overboard—and while you’re at it, add some whipped cream on top. Or, if you would like to alternate your deserts to be healthier, you can try this gluten-free and grain-free Apple Pie recipe!
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