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How To Enjoy Thanksgiving Without Putting On Weight

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Elizabeth Murray, RD at Georgia Regents Medical Center says, "So you still get to enjoy every bit of the food just maybe in moderation. So a piece of the pie not the whole turkey? Right, right!"

It's almost turkey time and that means in about a week your home will look just like this.

Filled with relatives and smelling like sliced turkey with all the fixings.

But how do you cook that turkey if you don't want to pack on the pounds?

"A roasted turkey versus a fried turkey or something like that. So whether it's been cooked in fat or whether it's basted in gravy or butter," said Murray.

Skipping the deep fryer sounds easy enough and it's safer to use your oven.

But Elizabeth Murray says it's the side dishes that you really need to watch out for.

"Sweet potato casserole is a big one right now. There are certain ways to prepare sweet potatoes where they're very healthy with very little added fat as opposed to topped with a lot of sugar and a lot of butter," said Murray.

When it comes to holiday meals and especially a Thanksgiving feast like this one, Murray says moderation is the key.

"If you want to have a slice of pie certainly have a slice of pumpkin pie just ya know maybe a small slice instead of a quarter of the pie," said Murray.

Murray says some people even hit the gym early Thanksgiving morning to get ready for the big meal ahead.

"Personally, I think that is training your body to overeat and compensate in unhealthy ways. Whatever makes you enjoy your Thanksgiving Day most I think that's what you should do," said Murray.

Whether it's fruits and vegetables or turkey sandwiches, Murray says to enjoy the holidays with your family and to just be aware of what you're eating.

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