A Reboot Thanksgiving

By: Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist


Here in the US our traditional holiday, Thanksgiving, is just around the corner (Thursday, November 24th). Like many holidays, this special day revolves around food, family, eating extra large portions, and sitting down hanging out or watching sports. Which foods come to mind? Turkey, Pie, Mashed Potatoes – not exactly Reboot friendly fare!


Here are some ideas to make the most of this holiday while sticking to your health and wellness goals. For those of you in the midst of your Reboot as well as anyone transitioning into or out of a Reboot program, this post is for you. Most importantly, I’d like to spend a moment remembering what this holiday is truly about; being thankful and sharing our gratitude with others.


Let’s talk turkey first! How you choose to spend your Thanksgiving holiday is a deeply personal decision. What you choose to eat is too. There are no hard and fast rules, but here are some helpful guidelines.


If you decide to eat some turkey, marshmallow topped sweet potatoes or another non-Reboot food, don’t fret. You can get right back to your Reboot the next morning or better yet later that night. Do your best to exercise self-compassion and remember that straying from the path is a normal part of being human. We will welcome you back with open arms. No judgment, no matter what! Having said that, it is a very real possibility that you may feel sick if you having been drinking just juice and then splurge on a turkey dinner.


If you are ending your Juice Reboot before Thanksgiving and can spend some time integrating veggie soups, blends/smoothies, salads, steamed veggies, etc. you will have more leeway with what you eat during the holiday meal. Meaning that if you keep portions of sugary, fat-filled dishes small and drink lots of water you may not have as much digestive upset or headache compared to going from several days of just juice into a full spread of holiday foods.


Here are some tips to boost your resilience and make choices you will feel good about:

  • Don’t go in hungry. About an hour before your holiday get-together, drink your favorite juice or snack on some veggies/fruit.
  • Bring food/juice with you so you’ll have what you need while you are there. Bring extra in case you get hungry and also to share. What a great opportunity to spread the word about your Reboot!
  • Choose a Thanksgiving themed juice to bring along in a decorative glass (or glasses to share) – like Cinnamon Apple & Squash, Sunset Blend, Sweet N Tart Citrus, create a pumpkin based juice, and green juices are always welcome :)
  • Choose a Thanksgiving themed veggie or soup dish to bring to your get together. Try these Reboot recipes: Apples, Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin Potato Bake, Sweet Potato and Carrot Fries, Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Mushroom and Sage, Harvest Roasted Veggies or Soup, Squash and Apple Soup, Raw Carrot Ginger Soup, Sweet Potato and Bok Choy Soup.
  • Bring a copy of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead to watch with your family and friends. Before, after or in lieu of football, let them see first hand why you’re abstaining from the bird and drinking a glass of Mean Green instead.
  • Focus on family and fun. Spend time talking, going on a beautiful walk with friends, even resting; engage in the non eating activities with those you love.
  • Here are more ideas that you can apply to an event any time of year



How do you plan to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this year? What are you thankful for in 2011? We’d love to hear from you!


I’d like to share what I am thankful for this year. Firstly, to you for taking the time to read my posts :) I have been so inspired by our diverse Reboot community and truly thankful for the opportunity to work with each of you. From all over the world, you have shared your stories of triumph and struggle and what has brought you to juicing and the quest for a healthier life. Thank you for having the willingness and courage to share your personal journeys. It makes a difference.


I am thankful that my family is healthy and happy – my two sons, Cooper (6) and Dillon (2), my loving and supportive husband, Russ, and our 3 sweet dogs. I am blessed my parents, sister and in-law family are well. We have a new niece born November 11th!


I am thankful to work with the amazing team of dedicated, intelligent and passionate Reboot team members. A huge thank you to Joe Cross for getting the world into juicing, vegetables, and for giving so many people the inspiration and confidence to make better health a reality in our everyday lives.


I am thankful for the privilege of working with incredible colleagues and patients at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. My patients remind me how precious life is, how life can change in just a moment, for any of us, and that the way we go about caring for ourselves and each other matters more than the results.


Most of all, I am just so grateful for this moment.


Sending warm wishes to all of you,

Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Stacy is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and an Integrative Nutritionist. She consults for various companies, focusing on health, wellness and innovative strategies to help increase individual’s fruit and vegetable intake. Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist; she holds a BS degree in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston, MA, with more than 20 years of experience. Stacy created and now serves as project manager and lead writer for nutrition services content on the Dana Farber website and the affiliated, nationally recognized nutrition app. Stacy is regularly featured on TV, radio, print and social media on behalf of Dana Farber and other organizations. Together with her husband, Dr. Russell Kennedy PsyD, they have a private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC. Stacy is an adjunct professor in Wellness and Health Coaching at William James College, currently teaching a graduate course in Health Coaching. Stacy is featured in the award winning documentary films, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2,” and serves on the Reboot with Joe Medical Advisory Board. Stacy lives in Wellesley with her husband, two sons and three dogs. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with friends and family. Stacy is also one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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