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Thanksgiving is near, but no need to fret about Thanksgiving dinner and all its enticing dishes.  There are ways to make it a little healthier --- and avoid that uncomfortable overstuffed feeling that many of us have after big holiday meals!

Making the best food choices involves knowing which foods to eat more of and which to eat sparingly (notice I didn't say AVOID).  Here are a few tips to help you get through the holiday meal without derailing those healthy eating habits:

1.  Look at all dishes before loading up your plate.  This way, you'll only get foods that you really want.  Focus on foods that usually are not available at other times of the year.

2.  Start by filling half your plate with NON-STARCHY vegetables (preferably roasted or cooked without creamy sauces) which can load you up with fiber and help you feel full.  Try these vegetables:
Green beans Asparagus Beets Broccoli Greens (Collards, Mustard, Kale, Turnip) Okra Peppers Brussel sprouts Cabbage Carrots Caulif…

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