A Healthy, Happy Thanksgiving | Washington, DC Dietitian

Thanksgiving is easily one of my favorite times of the year. I love heading home, seeing old friends and family, relaxing, and of course eating holiday food!

Holidays are about spending time with family and enjoying food in a healthy way.  Follow these simple tips for a delicious and fulfilling Thanksgiving dinner. 

                                               Butternut Squash Quinoa

                                               Butternut Squash Quinoa

Eat Normally Throughout the Day

Some may think that skipping meals earlier in the day is strategic, but this will only set you up for overeating! Eat a balanced breakfast and lunch so that you eat a more normal sized dinner.


If you know you'll eat a little extra on Thanksgiving, try to get in some movement. This will set a good tone to your day, and allow a little wiggle room at dinner. Get some fresh air and go for a walk or run, or chase around some of your younger relatives. 

Make Half Your Plate Veggies

This is a good rule for any time of year, but especially on Thanksgiving! Instead of piling on the meat and stuffing, make half of your plate healthy veggies, a quarter of your plate starch and a quarter lean turkey.

Be Aware of Portion Sizes

Many times holiday weight gain isn't  from the types of foods we eat, but the amount. Watch your portion sizes and you'll be able to taste a little bit of everything. Use smaller dishes to serve food, check your hunger level before going for seconds, and split your desserts! Everything in moderation.

Listen To Your Body

Your body will tell you if it's had too much or too little to eat. Try to check in with yourself to gauge hunger and fullness levels before going back for seconds. While many people go into the holiday dinner with the intention of overeating, remember your health goals and how you want to feel that evening and the next day. Leftovers are often abundant so remind yourself that you will be able to eat this delicious food for more days to come!

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Enjoy Yourself

If you overeat, it's ok! Remember that it's only one day and you can get back on track the next day :) Have a great holiday!