Believe it or not, you can still enjoy Plant Paradox-friendly foods at your Thanksgiving table.
With just a few simple examples, you’ll know which foods to avoid and which foods are worth getting up for seconds. So let’s explore the best – and worst – traditions on your Thanksgiving table.
Oh, and if you need a refresher on how to carve a Thanksgiving turkey like a heart surgeon, it’s on the GundryMD YouTube channel.
Well, it just goes to show that GundryMD is here to help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest – and keep you healthy at the same time.
Let’s start with the bad news – the Thanksgiving foods you should avoid.
Worst Thanksgiving Dishes (lectin bombs)
It should come as no surprise that most of these are heavy, starch-based dishes.
It’s everyone’s favorite side dish, but here’s the truth about stuffing … it’s designed to STUFF you and make you fat. It’s all bread. And don’t be fooled by gluten-free cornbread stuffing, either. It’s just as bad for you.
Plus, lots of stuffing has antibiotic-loaded sausage and sugary dried fruits, to make it even LESS healthy.
If you’re one of those people who thinks, “It’s not Thanksgiving without stuffing,” try the millet stuffing recipe featured on Dr. Gundry’s YouTube channel.
Mashed potatoes –
They’re poison on poison. Seriously. Potatoes are part of the nightshade family … and if that’s not enough, you’re drowning them in milk that has A1 Casein – it’s just no good for your gut.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out entirely – make yourself a big bowl of mashed cauliflower or turnips. It tastes even better than those old, boring potatoes.
Green bean casserole –
Sounds healthy, right? It’s a vegetable! Honestly, it’s not. Think about it… canned green beans dumped in high-sodium soup topped with fried onions and Casein A-1 cheese.
It’s not just that the beans have lectins – it’s the additives and preservatives, tons of salt, and unhealthy fats that make green bean casserole a lose-lose. Instead, choose brussels sprouts, mushrooms, roasted root vegetables, or even a green salad. Try this healthy alternative instead!
Pumpkin pie –
Lots of magazines claim pumpkin pie is healthy because it’s only got crust on the bottom (half the crust, half the carbs), but pumpkin’s one of those fruits that’s native to the new world – meaning your body doesn’t quite know how to process the naturally occurring toxins in it.1 And that can lead to a range of uncomfortable digestive issues.
Finally, if at all possible, skip dessert. But if it’s just too hard to resist Mom’s baking, ask her to make sweet potato pie. And have just a thin slice. Or go for a festive dessert coffee instead.
So, now for the fun part –
Best Thanksgiving Foods (Plant-Paradox compliant!)
Sweet potatoes –
Not only are they safe, they so scrumptious. So enjoy all you want … as long as you scrape off any marshmallows or other sugary topping.
Brussels sprouts –
These are also a pretty safe bet – especially if they’re cooked simply, and not tossed in maple syrup or another sugary glaze.
Veggie dishes –
Fill up on kale, broccoli, spinach, roasted turnips and roasted asparagus. And everyone loves a seasonal salad.
What’s Thanksgiving without the bird? Especially if it’s a heritage bird, or a kosher bird. Just skip the gravy, unless you know it’s been thickened with heavy cream or tapioca starch, never flour!
Finally … don’t forget to have a good time. Enjoy your family. Try to find a moment of real gratitude in all of the holiday chaos.
And if you DO eat something (or lots of things) that aren’t the best for your gut health, don’t see it as failure.
Instead, do something especially healthy the next day – enjoy a glass of Vital Reds, fast until lunchtime, or get out and walk, or play a game of football with your family.
One bad meal doesn’t have to ruin your holiday season – or your health.
Learn exciting, new recipes:
Dr. Gundry’s Kale Thanksgiving Salad Recipe (VIDEO)
Dr. Gundry’s Famous Guacamole (Video)