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8 Tips for a Guilt-Free Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a holiday that tends to center around people coming together to eat, making the tendency to indulge a little too tempting. We prepare special dishes for the holiday, and because Thanksgiving dinner is a once a year treat (don’t forget the week of leftovers), many of us come away more stuffed than the holiday turkey.

However, you can savor the holiday (and even a few traditional treats), guilt-free, without worrying about excess weight gain…

1. Pick Portions Wisely

Part of the Thanksgiving holiday charm is feasting your eyes on the bountiful array of food—before you feast your appetites, that is. However, if you’re opting to eat mindfully, refrain from filling your plate blindly at the buffet table.

Instead, give the full menu a good look and pick and choose what you’re going to indulge in. Eating wise at a holiday meal shouldn’t be about restriction. You can focus your calories on reasonably-sized portions of your holiday favorites. Small portions means eating what you will really enjoy.

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