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Holiday dinners are filled with heaping dishes of comfort foods, fattening favorites and savory treats. It is no wonder these meals often leave us feeling stuffed with guilt and holiday remorse.
Patricia Nicholas, a registered dietitian at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, says you can avoid this psychological turmoil by adding "new favorites" to the traditional dishes. "Have fun with your menu and include authentic Thanksgiving foods. Pilgrims didn't have sugar, and potatoes had not been introduced to the area yet. Your new, healthy dish can be one actually served at the first Thanksgiving."
Alissa Rumsey, a registered dietitian at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, says, "If you're watching your weight, or just trying to eat healthy, you don't have to deprive yourself of a great meal on Thanksgiving Day. However, you do need a plan so you don't end up feeling stuffed - and remorseful - after dinner."
The following is the holiday feast survival guide - a roadmap to keep you and your diet from straying too far this year.
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