Nutritional do’s and don’ts of Thanksgiving

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Let’s be honest, most of us are planning to indulge on Thanksgiving.

It is perfectly fine to do so on special occasions, but there are a few steps we can take to not completely wreck our diets and our waistlines at the Thanksgiving Day feast.

For starters, many people will skip breakfast and lunch on Thanksgiving Day to prepare their stomachs for the holiday feast.

This is definitely a nutritional “don’t.”

“By starving ourselves all day, we are more likely to overeat and overindulge when it comes time for the big feast,” says Liz Schonthal, registered dietitian at Cone Health Nutrition and Diabetes Management Center. “I encourage people to eat a healthy, properly-portioned breakfast and lunch on Thanksgiving Day, incorporating vegetables and fruit, and avoiding foods that are high in fat.”

Many of us are looking forward to the favorite family recipes that we only get to eat this time of year.

These are the items you should splurge on, and avoid indulging in the items that are more commonly served throughout the year, such as mashed potatoes or dinner rolls.

Often times, we neglect healthy nutritional choices throughout the holiday season, which can lead to weight gain and/or longer lasting bad habits.

Therefore, think of Thanksgiving as one day, not four or five. Allow yourself to enjoy the feast; however, return to normal, healthy eating habits after the holiday.

Spokesperson Background:
Liz Schonthal is a registered dietitian at Cone Health Nutrition & Diabetes Management Center.

Schonthal received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Penn State University in 2000.

She received a Master of Science in nutrition from The University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2014.