Happy Keto Friendly Thanksgiving, everyone!
Keto and Thanksgiving
It’s that time of the year again…Time to be grateful for everything you have. I want you to think about it for a moment.
Really acknowledge the fact that if you’re reading this, then you’re one of the most fortunate human beings alive because
- you have this smartphone or laptop or whatever technological gadget
- You’re in a safe environment with no lions lurking around or mortar shells going off
- you’re watching a video about a guy talking about Thanksgiving
Take a moment, please…
My name is Siim and I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving because I’m not from the United States but I think it’s a cool holiday, so I decided to give you some tips on how to stay healthy and have a keto friendly Thanksgiving.
And when I say “keto friendly” then I’m not talking about the ketogenic diet – “keto friendly” means that the food keeps you in a metabolically advantageous and healthy spot by keeping your energy stable, preventing cravings and not causing you to feel like sh#t after dinner.
Prepare a Keto Friendly Menu
First of all, you have to come prepared. The traditional Thanksgiving dinner is full of non-keto-proof foods that aren’t that good for your health.
This is actually one of the biggest problems with the Holidays and at the same time, it’s a massive blind spot in culture as well.
Everyone wants to be healthy, everyone wants to have a good time, everyone wants to eat delicious food but no one wants to be the party-pooper. This guy who eats his own stuff from Tupperware.
You Got to Put in Some Effort
If you simply put in just a little bit of extra effort into cooking your food, you can get as delicious meals as you would when using keto friendly ingredients.
You have to look at your underlying motivations – are you celebrating Thanksgiving to eat mashed potatoes, or apple pie to put you into a food coma or are you doing it to have a good time with friends and family.
So, the first tip is to be prepared to introduce some keto friendly alternatives to your family. You might not be able to replace all foods but you’ll at least have some options.
Keto Thanksgiving Food Choices
Here are some of the common keto friendly thanksgiving food swaps
- Mashed potatoes -> Cauliflower mashed potatoes
- Cut an entire head of cauliflower into smaller chunks, use a food processor to shred it to pieces
- Lightly steam the cauliflower mash until it gets slightly soft and tender
- Then you use a blender to blend it into mashed potatoes with a little bit of heavy cream
- Add some seasoning, some garlic powder, salt, pepper, maybe cinnamon
- Serve with sour cream and fresh herbs
- Voila the texture is exactly like mashed potatoes and it tastes even better if you use the right seasoning
- 1 cup of mashed potatoes (212 calories, 35 carbs) VS 1 cup of cauliflower mash (120 calories, mostly fat from the cream, 8 carbs)
- Pumpkin Pie -> Keto Pumpkin Pie
- Swap out regular white flour with coconut flour, walnut flour, almond flour, flaxseed meal or any other healthy alternative. It’s so simple but it requires virtually zero effort. But at the same time, you avoid so many empty calories and inflammation
- As an alternative to sugar, you can use Stevia or Erythritol. OR add a few extra blueberries into the pie it’s gonna be amazing.
- The pumpkin puree is also super easy to make – you scrap out the flesh from the pumpkin, then you steam it and use it as filling
BONUS POINTS if your family members go like – “Hey, that tastes actually a lot better than the rest of this crap” Then you’ve opened up a whole new paradigm in their mind – that delicious food that’s healthy and keeps you lean it can be even tastier than the traditional servings.
Keto Thanksgiving Turkey
Of course, turkey is a very keto friendly meal.
- You grab a whole turkey, prepare it
- Add some onions, garlic, some vegetables into the pot and it’s all good
Keto Noodles can be made with spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.
You can also make some nice snacks by cooking roasted broccoli florets, some chard leaves or kale chips.
- Cut the vegetable into smaller chunks and lay them on a baking sheet
- Add some salt and pepper seasoning, maybe a bit of cheese as well
- Cook them in the oven at high heat for 20-25 minutes until roasted
- Super simple, easy, and delicious!
For dessert, you can also make sugar free jello with whipped cream or coconut milk ice cream.
You can really swap out the entire traditional Thanksgiving menu with healthy keto friendly options. SO, you just have to put in some work and show your family that there is INDEED a better option.
Be the Challenger
Which brings me to the second point I want to share with you.
Reality is – everyone is actually following the norms and rules of the social group because they don’t dare to challenge them. They don’t have the arrogance, the audacity to bring up the option of maybe not eating the traditional inflammatory foods but replacing them with healthy recipes instead.
Most people follow traditions and cultural habits because they think that it’s wrong to question the values of your community, like what Holidays to celebrate, what beliefs to hold and what foods to eat.
That’s why you have to constantly challenge your own behavior and especially the behavior of those around you because they have no idea of what they’re doing.
So, instead of simply falling victim to the conditions that have been imposed upon you by society, you have to break those chains and innovate yourself into a healthier life.
To do that, you have to bring in other options – show the alternative of a healthier menu – and then own it. Instead of judging others for what they eat, you have to make the keto foods a much more appealing choice. “These things are amazing – you’re missing out!” That’s how you hack culture.
Don’t Worry About It
You shouldn’t become dogmatic either about keto, paleo, veganism or anything else for that matter.
I mean, you’re not going to die if you do eat some real mashed potatoes with those inflammatory trans fats and nitrates. It’s not going to make your brain explode either if you have some cake.
In fact, those situations can actually improve your metabolic flexibility by creating a hormetic response. Small amounts of inflammation and toxic compounds can actually make your physiology much more resilient and antifragile.
Even if you do eat slightly too much keto pumpkin pie and it kicks you out of ketosis – it’s not a big deal. You’re not going to lose your keto-adaptation.
It might even help you to re-establish ketosis faster in the future because your body knows how to deal with different fuel sources.
Happy Keto Thanksgiving!
So, it’s a win-win situation if you change your mindset about it.
Of course, if you’re freaking out and getting anxiety about eating certain foods or worrying about your carb intake, then you’re definitely going to trigger a fight or flight response with your mind and that’s going to elevate your blood sugar, increase your heart rate and prevent you from having a good time.
Because at the end of the day, that’s why you’re doing the ketogenic diet in the first place – to enjoy yourself while you’re eating and to have a better life when you’re not eating.
It’s possible to have an amazing keto friendly Thanksgiving but the rest of the year can be equally as enjoyable when you’re doing keto.
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So, now’s your chance to get healthy, feel energized and become empowered