How to Veganize Your Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is almost here, and if you are a vegan newbie there’s a good chance you’re feeling some anxiety about surviving the holidays with your non-vegan family.

Eva, a client in my 6-Week Plant-Empowered Coaching Program came to me with some concerns about the upcoming holiday season. Maybe you are having similar thoughts as Eva… “How am I going to tell my mom I won’t be eating her infamous mashed potatoes and sausage gravy?” Or “Everyone is going to give me the 3rd degree when I turn down turkey this year!”

Here are my top 3 tips to set you up for the healthiest, happiest Thanksgiving of your life…

1. Plan Ahead

Don’t wait until you show up for the big dinner to talk to your family about your new way of life. Talk to those planning the gathering as far ahead of time as possible to let them know you’ll be having a vegan Thanksgiving this year.

Be equipped with some ideas and recipes that you would like to suggest. Offer to either bring a few plant-based options, or be a part of the cooking process. Here are a couple links to help you get some recipe ideas:

There are also a number of awesome holiday-worthy (and healthy) recipes in my book, The Six Weeks to Sexy Abs Meal Plan like these:

2. Keep a Positive, Upbeat Attitude Throughout the Holiday

Instead of focusing on what you CAN’T eat, have fun exploring new dishes you CAN eat! Thanksgiving is all about gratitude, so focus on how thankful you are for your health, and for adopting a new way of eating that will keep you healthy.

Also share (as in have an actual conversation) with family members about how much you appreciate their support in your venture to live a more conscious and compassionate lifestyle. If you set it up in this way, your family is more than likely going to get behind you on your decision.

3. Inspire Instead of Lecture

I get it… You’ve seen the light and you want your loved ones to follow in your footsteps. You care about their health and the temptation to lecture them into changing their ways is strong. Resist the urge! I can tell you from 22-years of personal experience as a vegan, that lecturing will cause people to put their defenses up.

The best way to promote the vegan lifestyle is to live it and simply share the positive changes that you experience. When people comment, “Wow, you look great!” or “You’re glowing! What are you doing?” you’ve got your in!

4. Bring Delicious Vegan Swaps to the Table

There are certain holiday foods or drinks you may feel you just can’t live without. If you’re like me, and are choosing convenience this Thanksgiving, you’re in luck! There are great vegan substitutes for almost every traditional Thanksgiving dish that exists!

From egg nog, to holiday roast, these swaps may not be the healthiest, but hey, it’s the holidays. Live it up! These swaps will allow you to stay consistent with your vegan lifestyle, and you can think of them as your special holiday treats to share.

Check out some of my favorite holiday swaps HERE!

Now you can put together your Thanksgiving game plan and focus on all that you are thankful for this holiday season!

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