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Avoid Food Itis: A Thanksgiving Recipe For Smaller Families

According to the Urban Dictionary, itis[1] is:

Avoid Food Itis: A Thanksgiving Dinner Recipe For Smaller Families“The drowsy, sleepy feeling you get after eating a large meal. Usual meals like big Sunday dinners, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.”

Urban dictionary sentence example:

Man, that itis done got me. I’m fixin’ to take a nap.

John: “Yo bro, all of that Mexican food at Burrito Bandito gave me the itis.”
Sam: “I know dude, I just wanna lay down and sleep dawg.”

How To Avoid Thanksgiving Itis?

Thanksgiving is not the day to go on a diet. I repeat, Thanksgiving is the worst day try and refrain from eating. For the most part, we are surrounded by a buffet food and family that we would otherwise not see other than during the holidays. The food is mouth-watering, and many of us would rather stuff our faces than get caught in an endless conversation with Uncle Morty about his new RV or have to explain to Aunt Marla about why we still don’t have a boyfriend.

However, some families aren’t that big. In fact, there are plenty of smaller family gatherings on Thanksgiving. If it is just you and your spouse or significant other, then cook accordingly. In other words, know the number of mouths you’ll need to feed.

I know this is likely counter-intuitive to how your mother planned for the holidays, always making more food than an entire high school football team could eat in a week. But, think about it…how much food can you actually stuff in your mouth before getting a case of itis?

Are You Really Going To Eat All The Leftovers?

Think about how much room you have in your stomach, which is about the size of your balled up fist, and how much space you have in your fridge. Also, consider this: Are you really prepared to eat turkey for the next week? Will you be freezing all the leftovers and force-feeding them to your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers?

If you have a smaller family, that’s okay. Plenty of people can’t travel to see extended family. Some family live out of state or even out of the country, while others just have a smaller clan. Regardless of where you fit into this equation, there’s nothing wrong with not overdoing your cooking portions this turkey season. After all, you’ll have less food to throw away and less to clean up. Don’t be wasteful!

Here’s a simple recipe to use as inspiration.

Oven-Baked Turkey Breast: Thanksgiving Dinner For Smaller Families

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Slow Cooked Turkey Breast Thanksgiving Dinner
Recipe type: Low-Fat Thanksgiving Dinner For Smaller Families
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3-6
  • Serving size 3-6
  • Butterball Turkey Breast (3 lbs)
  • Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower Stuffing (1 bag)
  • Sweet Potatoes (2)
  • Organic Pumpkin Puree (1 can)
  • Turkey Stock Broth (2 cups)
  • Jellied Cranberry Sauce
  • Flax Seed Oil (2 tbsp)
  • Optiononal: Butterball gravy sauce that comes with every butterball turkey breast.
  1. Unwrap turkey breast and place it in your slow cooker or pressure cooker.
  2. Add 2 cups of turkey broth and 1 can of pumpkin puree. Optional: add butterball gravy.
  3. Massage turkey breast with pumpkin puree and turkey broth, ensure that you coat it evenly.
  4. Slow cook turkey breast for 6 hours. When it’s almost done, start baking the sweet potatoes (30 minutes or until it reaches desired softness) that are wrapped in foil.
  5. Cook the frozen stuffing in a pot with 2 tablespoons of oil. I use 2 tablespoons of flax seed oil.
  6. Slice the jellied cranberry into half-inch sections
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Avoid Food Itis: A Thanksgiving Recipe For Smaller Families

If you are cooking the turkey breast for 3 people the way I did, you’ll have plenty of leftovers for the requisite turkey sandwiches the next day. A 3-pound butterball turkey breast is said to feed up to 12 people! This recipe is flexible, depending upon the number of people you wish to serve. Add more sweet potatoes and stuffing if you need to.

Portion Control: Watching Your Figure During The Holidays

Avoid Food Itis: A Thanksgiving Recipe For Smaller Families

If you want to avoid feeling like a stuffed turkey and catching a case of Thanksgiving itis, otherwise known as a “food coma,” then watch your portions just as you would any other day of the year.

Of course, that’s easier said than done at Thanksgiving time and with Christmas baking season set to begin. But you don’t have to look like Santa Claus to get into the holiday spirit. It is possible to keep your waistline in check by managing your food portions. It’s true; too much of anything is bad for you.

You can be liberal with what you eat, so as long as you maintain two very simple rules to fitness and successful weight loss.

  • Eat smaller portions
  • Exercise

Have A Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving!

Avoid Food Itis: A Thanksgiving Recipe For Smaller Families


[1] https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=itis


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