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).
|Calories||Protein||Fat||Total Carbs||Net Carbs|
|Gravy (1/4 cup)||57.8||1.1||4.5||3.0||2.9|
|Macaroni and Cheese||446.1||19.5||23.7||38.6||36.7|
|Jellied Cranberry Sauce (2 tbsp)||55.1||0.3||0.1||14.0||13.6|
|Chocolate Cream Pie||437.1||7.6||22.7||50.7||48.3|
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!