Thanksgiving Before Keto

This Thanksgiving is my first “eating” holiday on keto. While I plan to enjoy myself, I want to keep my carbs low, fat high, and protein moderate so that I do not feel so weighed down and sluggish after the meal.

Before I post this year’s menu with macros, I wanted to take some time to reflect on Thanksgivings past when the first order of business after Thanksgiving dinner was to take a nap to sleep off all the carbs and calories that I had consumed. Let’s take a look, shall we?

All the items below are approximated using standard serving sizes of foods entered into Cronometer (except where serving sizes are noted).

CaloriesProteinFatTotal CarbsNet Carbs
Roasted Turkey502.767.923.51.41.1
Dressing455.16.233.034.731.9
Gravy (1/4 cup)57.81.14.53.02.9
Candied Yams418.84.59.681.273.7
Green Beans70.03.04.56.04.0
Macaroni and Cheese446.119.523.738.636.7
Biscuits (2)298.74.816.632.631.4
Jellied Cranberry Sauce (2 tbsp)55.10.30.114.013.6
Pecan Pie527.45.429.963.861.9
Chocolate Cream Pie437.17.622.750.748.3
Grand Total3268.8120.3168.1326.0305.5

I can’t believe that I used to consume so much food and so many carbs. With the keto way of eating, I aim for no more than 20 net carbs per day. My old Thanksgiving meal would be the equivalent of over 15 days’ worth of carbs! No wonder I felt like I had been hit by a truck after the meal was over.

Upon reflecting on this, I’m even more motivated to keep it keto this year!

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