Here’s a few easy tips that you will be thankful for at your post-feast weigh in. While nothing is more satisfying than biting down on a turkey thigh, skin crunching under your teeth, that’s where most of the fat resides. If you do cook a whole bird, skip the skin, just focus on the meat. Skip the store bought, ready made stuffing. Like most processed foods, it is filled with sodium and all sorts of ingredients you can’t even pronounce. Instead, make your own using whole wheat bread. When making your mashed potatoes, replace half the potatoes and butter with cauliflower and broccoli. Not only will you get the same, creamy texture, you just loaded it with vitamin C and K. If you want to go all out, use sweet potato instead of regular.

Nothing says that your cranberry sauce has to be loaded with sugar. Replace sugar with apple sauce and a dash of orange juice and you just cut the sugar content by at least half. Try and have as many vegetable sides as possible. Most are loaded with fiber and will help you feel fuller without the added guilt of a calorie overload. And drink drink drink! Sorry, don’t mean booze. Start your meal with a big glass of water. This will help get your metabolism going and will help fill some space in your belly.
What would a Thanksgiving feast be without your good old pumpkin pie. I will give you a break here since you were so good with your dinner. You may have a slice, no whipped cream! When you buy it at the store, be aware of the sugar content. Try and get something with a relatively low number.

Follow these few easy tricks, and those holiday pounds won’t stand a chance. Who says you can’t have your turkey and eat it too? Happy Thanksgiving!