Everyone loves a good Thanksgiving dinner. How could you not? You have turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, side dishes galore, desserts and our family’s favourite part… the stuffing (which is gone within 5 minutes of sitting down).

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time. It’s about being with family, giving thanks for what is important in life and also a time for food. We really enter that Thanksgiving dinner expecting to undo a couple of notches on our belt. Some of us are lucky, we sleep it off and wake up the next day feeling like we could do it all over again. Others need to recoup after the holidays are over with a detox. No matter whether you are one or the other, you most likely go into the holiday season excited about the amount of good food there is to eat. It’s an excuse to gain 5+ pounds in stuffing and pie.

But what if we told you that you can squash those excuses, enjoy your turkey, sides, and dessert without feeling like an anvil after?

Life is not about deprivation and constantly saying no to the things you want, it’s a balancing act between yes and no. Yes, I will have a piece of pie, no I won’t have seconds. Along with balancing the yes and no in life, we have some pretty solid tips to help you get through the holidays without worrying about the ‘weight’ of it all.





You know you are going to your in-laws and they always have a feast. There’s butter on the meat, gravy, potatoes and you can’t avoid the inevitable sugar-laced drinks and desserts, but the thing is – you can do better if you prepare. Ask what’s being served, make your own mashed potatoes with sweet potato instead, bring your own dessert, or even go into it loading up but plan that the next meal you have will be a light one. If it’s your dinner that’s heavy, then load up on light veggie meals all day. Make your daytime meals are super healthy and then enjoy what your heart (or belly) desires for dinner.



If your family loves to bake a big bird over the holidays then be thankful because it’s a great option. Not only is turkey a leaner meat option, but it is high in B6, niacin and vital minerals, all of which support energy production and healthy metabolism. We know you’ve heard that turkey makes you sleepy (which you may think is contradictory considering we just told you it can give you energy), and this is true. It is high in the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan has a calming effect on the body because it is a mood regulator. It is a precursor to 5HTP, which helps the central nervous system promote feelings of well-being. It allows this to happen by increasing one of our favourite feel-good hormones serotonin. So, while the high concentrations of tryptophan might make you want to sit down and relax after dinner, you may feel a little bit happier and more energized the next day. Because of its calming effect on the body, tryptophan may also help promote a deeper sleep, which we all know keeps us alert and focused the next day. So take your sleepy turkey as a cue that you need to relax and have a good night sleep. Some of us might need to do it all over again the next day!



When you are reaching for food to pile onto your plate here is a tip: veggies first, and large portion the healthy bits. If there is salad available to you make half your plate salad. It’s a light side that doesn’t add weight and if you aren’t going back for seconds it’s a nice little excuse not to overeat. Just sayin!



A homemade, no refined sugar or low sugar, gluten free, dairy free dessert is always the best ‘sweet’ to have after dinner (aside from a fruit bowl). If you like to bake, like to try out new recipes that are vegan and refined sugar-free then test out a recipe and bring it with you. Crumble, chia pudding, cookies, muffins – these are always a hit and no one is going to blame you if you are avoiding sugar laced sweet treats. Here is an AMAZING recipe for Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding Parfait Jars.


Yes, grains are a huge culprit for bloat but your biggest enemy is the sugar + dairy combo. We’re talking to you about apple pie a la mode. It is definitely the combo that makes everything in this world delicious, but it really is a killer for your waistline. That being said we are not telling you to avoid your a la mode if that is the one thing that you are looking forward to, but having a lighter main meal or even taking a digestive enzyme can help you feel lighter the day after.



You have stuffing, dinner rolls, mashed potatoes, hor d’oeuvres, cakes, and pie. The holidays are undoubtedly grain and starch heavy, which often times cause a lot of bloat and if you are anything like us over here it’s a bloat that tends to stick around. We’re not here to tell you not to eat grains; we’re here to tell you to eat a reasonable amount. A plate that is half stuffing, a quarter turkey, a quarter mashed potatoes all drizzled in gravy is a plate that is going to make you feel heavy. Add variety, add healthier options and make that a priority… then head over to the bird.



This is very self-explanatory. Why not enjoy your holiday meal instead of ‘oh you know’ blinking and all of a sudden your meal is gone? We all have done it. You get so excited, load the plate and unload the plate in a matter of minutes then you think where has it all gone? And I guess I need more! Ya, you probably don’t need more, you just ate it too fast. The more you add into your belly, the more likely it is that you will leave the table wishing you hadn’t. So go slow. Savour. Enjoy every bite you put into your mouth and appreciate the flavours. Enjoy the conversations, the company and atmosphere. That is, what Thanksgiving is all about. Water, as well, is a friend. It fills you up, it detoxifies and it helps stuff move through your body. Oh yeah, and if you are enjoying a drink or two it might just help beat your morning after headache.



There are a few things you can do to strengthen your digestive system days to weeks in advance. Things that not only help with digestive care but with boosting the liver’s detox capacity and strengthening the immune system- which doesn’t hurt when you bombard it with sugar, booze, dairy, and wheat. This is a mini protocol that could help prior to the holiday season:

  • Lemon water. A glass of warm water with lemon is the perfect way to start your day. Lemon benefits bile formation which helps with metabolizing fats and regenerating the liver. It also helps with peristalsis, helping to keep you regular in the morning. Lemons contain a powerful compound called limonene that aids in Phase 1 & 2 liver detoxification that neutralize carcinogens.
  • Probiotics. Introducing probiotics, in the form of supplement or food, can help strengthen good bacteria and kill the bad guys. Fermented foods, BioK, kefir or even just probiotics from a health food store will keep those little buggers in line. Sugar, on the other hand, helps bad gut bacteria proliferate. Ditch the refined stuff to keep the bad guys out. Here is a wonderful brand of probiotics to add to your daily care.
  • Fiber. Do you know how long your digestive tract is? Would you believe us if we told you it stretches around 8 meters long? Believe it! Fiber is your digestive system’s friend. Think of it as the little aid helping push food all the way through the system. The human gastrointestinal system cannot digest fiber, so eating a diet heavy in fibrous foods helps give that little extra ‘roughage’ to get things moving nicely along and out.
  • Veggie days! In the days or weeks leading up to the holidays, why not go vegetarian for a few of them? A lot of the times people think that taste gets compromised when you eat vegetarian, but this is just not the case. Crockpot, a veggie curry or chili, do a stir-fry, nice veggie soups, pasta etc. Just try your hardest to make the main thing in the dish vegetables. Your body will thank you.
  • Antioxidants and cruciferous foods are a wonderful concoction for liver health, which means whole body health. These foods include:
    • Broccoli
    • Cauliflower
    • Brussel sprouts
    • Beets
    • Cabbage
    • Berries
    • Lemon
    • Garlic
    • Onion
    • Ginger
    • Turmeric
    • Dark leafy greens

Now you have a better idea of how to avoid the major bloat and weight gain that is associated with the holiday season. Over here in the Naughty Kitchen, we love a good feast. Trust us, feasting is an amazing way to get the people you love and care about together for great times, and especially over this specific holiday season to show appreciation to what you care about most on this planet. Enjoy it. Give thanks. Eat good food. Enjoy great company. And then leave the table feeling satisfied, relaxed and happy to be alive.

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3 Healthier Holiday Recipes:


1. Immune Boosting Carrot Ginger Soup


This Immune Boosting Carrot & Ginger Soup is the perfect way to arm yourself for the cold and flu season. It has warming, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. So cozy up and enjoy!


2. Tahini Energy Boosting Smoothie

This Tahini Energy Boosting Smoothie is a super quick & easy snack or on the go breakfast. It packs essential vitamins and minerals and 2 1/2 servings of fruits & veggies. Smoothies are a great option when you’re in a rush because they are easy to digest and help to energize you throughout the entire day.


3. Vibrant Root Veggie Salad


Bring your A game with this Vibrant Root Veggie Salad. Rich in prebiotics, energy boosting B’s and iron; this is an awesome salad to celebrate the fall season.


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