You are here

Build a Better Holiday Plate

Don't sacrifice your muscle gains this holiday season. Follow these tips to keep your physique on track.

Eric Falstrault

Thanksgiving Dinner

With the holidays just around the corner, most fitness enthusiasts are thinking about two things: cheat meals or vacations. After all, what's the point of being in shape and killing it in the gym all year long if we can’t indulge once in a while, especially for special occasions? Those who want to stay lean and mean and not destroy the whole year’s worth of training always have a choice. It is still possible to take part in those family gatherings without jeopardizing your hard work and months of training and dieting.

The Menu

Traditionally, this is what we have to deal with at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners:

Goose and/or duck
Winter squash
Mashed potatoes
Deviled eggs
Bread rolls
Mincemeat pie
Sweet potato pie
Pumpkin pie
All kinds of salads
Cranberry sauce


Once you are stuffed like the turkey you just ate, here come the desserts:

Chocolate cream pie
Apple pie
Pecan pie
Pumpkin pie