Thanksgiving signals the beginning of family get-togethers and holiday parties, and along with it a lot mindless grazing and stress eating that can pack on the pounds.  Statistics suggest that the average person gains between 2-5 lbs. over the holiday period. I know when I deprive myself completely I just end up being both grumpy and obsessed with all the goodies I can’t or won’t allow myself to eat, so I’m a firm believer in sensible indulgence.

Family get togethers and holiday parties

Family get togethers and holiday parties

I like to be realistic. Trying to lose weight this time of year is particularly difficult when celebrations and temptations abound, so I set my goal at maintaining my current weight, and consider that a victory when I do. I let myself enjoy the season, but I don’t treat the 5-6 weeks between Thanksgiving and  New Years as  an excuse to be rampantly gluttonous.

Learn how to navigate holiday buffets

Learn my 10 Commandments for Healthy Holiday Eating

Last year I wrote my 10 Commandments for Healthy Holiday Eating (please click on the link to read my tips on how to avoid overindulging during your holiday festivities). I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving, and hope this will help you stay on track while enjoying my Easy Pumpkin-Pear Soup recipe below!

Easy Pumpkin-Pear Soup served in it's own shells

Easy Pumpkin-Pear Soup

Starting your meal with a hot, non cream-based soup can also be your ally in the battle of the bulge. Not only is it high in nutrients and fiber, the heat will help fill you up so you’re less likely to overindulge on the other goodies. The festive presentation in small, scooped out pumpkin serves the duo purpose of letting your guests discover the treat inside while keeping the heat in (when serving with the lid on).

Tatjana and Julie Anne Rhodes

Tatjana and Julie Anne Rhodes

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