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Turkey Day sans food coma

You can feast on your favorite Thanksgiving foods without finishing outthe meal feeling heavy, bloated and blah.

You can feast on your favorite Thanksgiving foods without finishing out the meal feeling heavy, bloated and blah. Here’s how:



Plan ahead.

You know your main meal will be somewhat over-the-top in terms of calories, so plan to eat more lightly during the day. Your best bets are lean protein and vegetable-based options, such as an egg white and veggie omelet for breakfast and a big salad topped with a can of chunk light tuna for lunch.



Stuff only the turkey (not yourself).

Enjoy a bit of everything you like, but keep your portions in check. One plate of food filled with your favorite festive treats (no seconds, with the exception of veggies), one alcoholic beverage (if you drink) and a small serving of dessert (or a sliver of several items) is the perfect amount to satisfy without going overboard.

Lighten up the classics.

Sometimes you have to have the real thing (there’s no messing with mom’s stuffing). When it comes to less hallowed “supporting dishes,” browse the Web for slimmed-down versions that make smart substitutions to trim excess calories and fat. For a healthy alternative to sugary sweet potato casserole, visit www.metro.us for my recipe.



Say bye-bye to leftovers.

If you’re the host, pack up anything that might tempt you in subsequent days. Both your guests and your waistline will give thanks.



Get back on track.

The day after Thanksgiving, hit the gym and go right back to your regular, healthy eating routine.

— For more tips on healthy eating, follow Joy Bauer on Facebook and Twitter (@joybauer) and visit www.joybauer.com.

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