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Top 10 tips for a healthier Thanksgiving

1. Don’t starve yourself. Eat your other meals and snacks before the “big meal” so that you’re not walking into the situation hungry.

2. Use the plate method of portion control: ¼ plate turkey, ¼ plate starch (potato, corn, bread, etc.), and ½ plate vegetables. Learn more at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.

3. Increase the amount of non-starchy vegetables at the meal. Serve a salad beforehand, or have some baked or lightly sautéed vegetables (green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, greens, etc.).

4. If you are hosting, have healthy, low-calorie appetizers like veggies and lowfat dip, stuffed mushrooms, shrimp and cocktail sauce, or fruit.

5. Limit the alcohol. 1 drink can have 100-200 calories and make you want to eat more.

6. Try a new healthy recipe this year. Cooking Light is a great resource for recipes.

7. Eat your meal slowly. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to recognize you are full.

8. Go for a walk after the “big meal.”

9. Don’t hang out around the appetizer table; mingle instead.

10. Make healthy modifications to your favorite high calorie recipes. See ideas for how to substitute and limit the fat and sugar content of your recipes at http://www.familyatheart.org/foods/recipes.asp.

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