Give Thanks for a Healthy Thanksgiving

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There are plenty of things to be thankful for this year -- like celebrating the holiday in a healthy style. If you're one of those folks who overdoes it every Thanksgiving, this is the year to start anew by adopting some diet-smart traditions.

By following these helpful hints, you can survive the holiday meal - and season - without expanding your bottom line. For starters, help yourself to whatever you like. Enjoy a sampling of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and more. Take what you want the first time around and don't go back from seconds. If your plate is full, then you've eaten enough. By not going back for more, you'll keep your calorie count down. After your Thanksgiving meal, become a part of the cleaning crew. Clear the table. Help with the dishes. Put away the leftovers. Refrain from kicking back on the couch and burn some calories. You're not only helping the cook, but you're also helping yourself.