Of course we're going to enjoy the traditional treats on Thanksgiving, indulging in a piece of pumpkin pie and savoring our family's special stuffing. Selecting one piece of pie and refraining from returning for a second helping of that stuffing is the way to walk away from the meal without guilt. Subsisting on Thanksgiving leftovers for the week that follows is what causes the holiday pounds, so prevent holiday-related weight gain by ditching the high-calorie culprits.
If you're hosting dinner at your home, pick up a package of inexpensive, reusable containers to send your guests home with the goodies that would be too tempting in your refrigerator. Enjoy every bite during the meal and then rid your kitchen of the unhealthy dishes that make you weak in the knees and cause you to overeat. Hang on to the leftovers that can be healthily incorporated into next-day meals, like white meat from the turkey, veggie side dishes, and the leftover fruit from your appetizer platter. The gravy? That's probably best left to your guests, who will happily take the delicious sauce off your hands.