6 Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

The holidays are the hardest time of year to eat healthily. Luckily, a Thanksgiving turkey means you’ll be eating lean white meat, which is a great start toward better eating. These six tips will help you enjoy your meal without increasing your cholesterol-or your waistline.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Tips: Toss the Turkey Skin

Here’s a helpful and healthy Thanksgiving tip: As soon as you grab a slice of turkey, trim off the skin. Though delicious, the skin is very high in fat – and not the good kind. Toss the skin before you even start eating. If you leave it on your plate, you may eventually be tempted to nibble.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Tip: Eat Before Dinner

Healthy Thanksgiving Tips: Eat Before Dinner

This healthy Thanksgiving tip will best prepare you for the table! Don’t deprive yourself before your Thanksgiving dinner. Eat a hearty breakfast and lunch complete with in-between snacks throughout the day. If you show up at dinner starving, you’ll be more likely to overeat and your body will have a harder time digesting the heavy meal.

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Healthy Holiday Tip: Eat Plenty of Vegetables

Healthy Thanksgiving Tips: Eat Plenty of Vegetables

Before reaching for turkey and potatoes, fill two-thirds of your plate with a rainbow of vegetables. Healthy holiday veggies will fill you up and keep you from indulging in unhealthy food.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Tips: Drink Lots of Water

A quick festive season suggestion: Drink plenty of water before and during your meal! Not only does your mind often interpret thirst as hunger, but water will help your stomach stay full and keep you from overeating. Plus, you won’t pack on any of the additional calories soft drinks and other beverages can add to your meal.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Tips: Limit Sweets

Our healthy holiday advice? Limit the sweets! Aim for a teaspoon or two of cranberry sauce instead of drowning your turkey in it. This yummy treat is high in sugar so you should eat it in moderation. When it comes to dessert, you don’t have to avoid it altogether. If you’ve eaten a healthy meal, you can indulge yourself in a sliver of pie or small portion of ice cream. If you’re still craving more, continue eating fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthier way.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Tips: Leave the Dinner Table After Eating

The simplest pieces of healthy Thanksgiving advice? Once you’re done eating, leave the table. The entire dinner party should move to another room to chat and spend time together. Hanging out around the table may tempt you to snack on some leftovers.

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