A Thanksgiving That Won’t Break Your Bariatric Goals

A Thanksgiving That Won’t Break Your Bariatric Goals

The holidays are a wonderful time of year, filled with good company and better food. However, when you’re fresh out of surgery, or even a few years down the road, it can be hard figuring out what you can and can’t have in order to keep to your goals. Additionally, figuring out what you can eat that isn’t going to bum out anyone else can really take the fun out of the day. But don’t fret! Here’s some easy ways to keep everyone, including yourself, happy.

Aim for Crowd-Pleasers

You don’t have to completely toss out some of the most beloved items from a Thanksgiving feast. Gravy and stuffing can still stay in your meal plan, at least when used in moderation. There are several different cheats you can use to make the dish more friendly to your diet without taking away from the others’ enjoyment, like using lean meats and limited fat.

Leave the Skin for Your Guests

If you’re a turkey connoisseur and love the crunchy skin on top, you sadly may have to leave the majority of it to your guests. Using a recipe for turkey that keeps the whole bird moist is the best way to avoid this temptation. Also, remember that the most reliable, and only fool-proof, method of making sure your turkey isn’t dry is by using a meat thermometer. Relying on the plastic pop-up isn’t going to do you any favors – and may cause more trouble than it’s worth.

Avoid Sugar Where Possible

As much as sugar can really make a dish, a sugar free dessert will keep you on the right track. This doesn’t mean you have to skip the pie, however! Grabbing an alternative, like Splenda or natural sweeteners, can make all the difference in helping you remain on target. Try this pumpkin cheesecake recipe to finish off your meal the right way.

We at Balsama Bariatric Surgery are so thankful to all of our community for your continued support through this trying time. We wish you the happiest of holidays, and hope that you all stay safe and well. We look forward to seeing you soon!


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