Monkeys, Have a Healthy Thanksgiving!

The Holidays are right around the corner and with that come parties, gourmet dinners, and sweets galore. A common myth is that the average person gains 10 pounds over the Holidays. That may be a bit exaggerated, but most of us do notice our clothes fitting a bit tighter as Thanksgiving ends and holiday parties begin. But this year can be different! Make a commitment today to stick to your Diet Type throughout the holidays. Your body will thank you!

Many of our patients think that they will have to “cheat” on their diet in order to get through the holidays. But after talking them through the options, they see that it is very possible to stay the course, and we have seen many patients successfully reach their goals through the last few months of the year. For the Monkey Diet, it is important to look at the food that is available for the meal, keep in mind the Monkey Diet concepts: complex carbohydrates and vegetables are the basis of the diet! It is a low-fat, almost vegetarian diet. This may seem impossible with Thanksgiving, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! See below for some of the ideas we give to our Monkey patients:


  • Roasted pumpkin bisque
  • Butternut squash soup
  • Spiced Nuts
  • Salad with mixed greens, toasted pumpkin seeds and Asiago cheese

Main Meal

  • 3oz serving of white-meat turkey
  • Mashed potatoes (leave the skin on)
  • Whole wheat rolls or bread
  • Brown rice mixed with pumpkin and spices
  • Roasted sweet potatoes
  • Green beans with shallots and almonds
  • Roasted carrots with spices
  • Butternut squash and apple casserole


  • Apple-crisp
  • Coconut ambrosia
  • Hot apple cider

Sounds good, right? If you typically aren’t in charge of the Turkey Day meal, we encourage you to get cookin’! There are just too many great Monkey options out there to not experiment with a new recipe. Have fun and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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