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Eating healthy at Thanksgiving is easier than you think

Contributed by: NAPSA

(NC) - Just thinking about how you'll maintain your healthy eating habits at Thanksgiving is enough to send many of us into a panic. With so much of the holiday revolving around food, keeping your fat and calorie intake at a healthy level may seem near impossible. But, it doesn't have to be that way. Try these helpful tips so that you can enjoy your holiday meal with friends and family.

Tips for managing what you eat at Thanksgiving:

  • Avoid eating fried or high calorie hors d'oeuvres. Instead, munch on fresh fruits or vegetables and low-fat dips.

  • Limit your alcohol intake to two glasses for the night because alcohol is high in calories and low in nutrition. Drink water for the rest of the evening to keep you hydrated and feeling full.

  • Dish out your meal onto plates away from the table, so you'll be less likely to reach for a second serving.

  • Remove any fat from your meat or the skin from your turkey before cooking or just before serving.

  • Check out these tasty low-calorie Thanksgiving dishes: Turkey Cutlets with Cranberry Sauce and Mashed Butternut Squash with Brown Sugar.

  • Marinate foods with lemon juice, fat-free yogurt, or broth instead of oil.

Tips to help manage your weight any time of the year:

  • Use a weight loss plan to keep your weight on track. For example, a viable option is the Slim Fast Plan - two meal replacements per day and a sensible/well balanced third meal that consists of protein, grain products and vegetables; healthy snacks; plenty of water; and at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

  • And remember, have a positive and realistic attitude towards your eating habits. Focus on your healthy weight, not someone else's ideal weight. Don't forbid yourself from enjoying your favourite holiday fare - keep in mind, moderation is key.

Relax, enjoy, and eat well this Thanksgiving. The pilgrims didn't have to starve, and neither do you!


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