Tips for a Healthful Thanksgiving | Vital Plan
Thankful for Fresh Food
By Vital Plan Posted 11-25-2014

Thanksgiving is the time to be thankful and this year I am especially thankful for my refrigerator. I have never known life without one. In my opinion, it ranks right up there with running hot water and electric lights.

Because of my refrigerator, most all of the food I eat is very fresh. It’s like having a portal to the produce department of the local grocery store right in my kitchen. All I have to do is open the door. The vegetables and fruits are always crispy fresh. Eggs and butter keep for weeks. I can make tea by the gallon and know that it will still be good down to the last drop. I’ve never had to eat spoiled meat.

The freezer section adds another whole dimension to my existence. The salmon I caught last summer will be good all year. When thawed and grilled, it tastes like the day I landed it on the bank. Fresh frozen blueberries, ripe cherries and bananas are always available for a fresh smoothie, even in the middle of January. And for that rare occasion when I need an indulgence, a tub of [coconut] ice cream is always waiting.

Thanks to my refrigerator, my family and I will enjoy a Thanksgiving complete with the freshest of foods. The vegetable and fruit bins are full and all the fixings are there waiting for Thursday—my favorite holiday of the year!

But Thanksgiving day is only half the pleasure. My refrigerator will ensure the finest of leftovers are kept fresh for as long as they last. We truly live in blessed times!

Tips for a healthful Thanksgiving

  • Embrace fresh food; it is truly a gift of our time.
  • Eat lots of vegetables. Vegetables are low in calories and packed with vital nutrients.
  • Minimize high carbohydrate foods (though it is okay to indulge a bit).
  • Eat light during the rest of the day.
  • Use the opportunity of a day off to get more exercise than you normally would.
  • Don’t overfill your plate and stop eating when you are full (you can eat more leftovers later).

Watch this video from Dr. Rawls to discover tips for making vegetable prep easy and fast!

About the Medical Director
Dr. Bill Rawls
Dr. Bill Rawls has practiced conventional medicine as a gynecologist for
over 20 years and is also the co-founder and medical director of Vital Plan, a wellness and herbal supplement company.
Dr. Bill Rawls


Dr. Rawls graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1985 and he holds a medical license in North Carolina. He also has extensive training in alternative therapies and is Medical Director of Vital Plan, an herbal supplement company in Raleigh, N.C.

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