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I get it. No one wants to hear healthy Thanksgiving tips. You’ve been looking forward to those classic dishes for weeks now. “Don’t eat stuffing? On Thanksgiving? Sorry doc…”

Maybe you’ve just accepted the fact that you’re going to gain weight during the holidays. But there’s a big problem with this kind of thinking…

A new study proves that half the weight we gain during the holidays sticks around until summertime or beyond!1 Another study suggests that the holiday weight may never come off.2

I owe it to my patients to tell them the truth. I owe it to you, too. It’s not the advice you want to hear, but you need to make an effort to watch what you eat this holiday season.

Now, I’m NOT telling you to skip Thanksgiving dinner! I want you to enjoy that turkey, stuffing, and a glass or two of red wine.

To help you make healthy choices next Thursday, I made a new video with 3 weird Thanksgiving tips. They’re easy to do, and one of my substitutions is absolutely delicious. Check out my new video:

Here’s the recipe I mentioned in the video… my healthy alternative to mashed potatoes. (Serves four.)

Dr. Gundry’s Cauliflower and Celeriac Mash

Thanksgiving tips

Mashed cauliflower and celeriac is a great alternative to regular mashed potatoes.


  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1 small celeriac
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup crème fraîche (substitute butter or sour cream)
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh thyme


  1. Cut the cauliflower into florets and peel and dice the celeriac into 1⁄2” cubes.
  2. Brown cauliflower and celeriac in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  3. Use an immersion blender to process the vegetables until nearly smooth or the consistency you like for your favorite mash.
  4. Add the oil and 1⁄2 of the crème fraîche.
  5. Mix well and add crème fraîche until you have a smooth mash.
  6. Season with salt & pepper, spoon into a serving bowl, and top with pepper, fresh thyme, and a dollop of Crème Fraîche.

TIP: Add more flavor to the mash by adding 1⁄2 cup grated parmesan and some finely chopped herbs.

You’ll be surprised how good this recipe tastes. I made it for Thanksgiving last year and it ended up being more popular than the real mashed potatoes!

In the video, I also suggested trying some bitter greens like collard greens and Swiss chard. These dark-green vegetables contain amazing levels of polyphenols which give you long-lasting energy, improve your digestion & metabolism, and keep you healthy as you age.

If you want some tips on how to make those greens taste great, check out this blog about bitter greens I made a few months back. I strongly recommend adding one of those quick recipes to your Thanksgiving feast.

So there you go! Give these 3 Thanksgiving tips a try… your meal can be both delicious and healthy.

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Steven Gundry, MD

Steven Gundry, MD




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P.P.S. In case you missed it… check out my gluten-free, lectin-free stuffing recipe (and video) I posted on a blog last week. This is another recipe you can use to spice up your Thanksgiving dinner next Thursday! Readers have already written in telling me how much they love it!

Want help stocking your pantry with Plant Paradox-approved foods? Check out Dr. Gundry’s online grocery shop where he has personally curated hundreds of products for the lectin-free lifestyle. Click the image to shop now: 

1 Helander E, Wansink B, Chieh A. Weight Gain over the Holidays in Three Countries. New England Journal of Medicine. 2016;375(12):1200-1202. doi:10.1056/nejmc1602012.
2 Yanovski J, Yanovski S, Sovik K, Nguyen T, O’Neil P, Sebring N. A Prospective Study of Holiday Weight Gain. New England Journal of Medicine. 2000;342(12):861-867. doi:10.1056/nejm200003233421206.