Sugar & Spice that’s actually nice
Sugar is everywhere at Thanksgiving, sprinkled throughout pies, candied yams, cranberry sauce, and whipped cream. You can have your sweets without the sugar and still have good taste. Natural sugar alternatives can substitute for sucrose cup for cup, with less calories and no effect on blood sugar. This includes monk fruit (luo han guo), stevia, erythritol, and xylitol. Many of these sugar substitutes are now commercially available in stores and online for use in your Thanksgiving goodies.
Drink and be Merry (in moderation)
Alcoholic beverages typically flow at Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, with many of them full of sugar and empty calories that can pack on a few pounds and burden the liver with detoxification duties. A good rule of thumb with drinking is to follow guidelines of two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. You can also choose a beverage such as flavored sparkling water or carbonated apple juice that give you a glass to raise without raising your blood alcohol level.