Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie – Thanksgiving usually means indulging in some of your favorite holiday foods.
“Generally, this is a reasonable thing to do for Thanksgiving dinner if you eat a balanced diet most days of the year,” says Stephanie Maxson, senior clinical dietician in Integrative Medicine at MD Anderson. But when enjoying Thanksgiving dinner or leftovers, limit portion sizes in order to keep your waistline trim and lower your cancer risks.
“Being mindful of the amount you put on your plate can help you avoid unwanted calories at mealtime,” Maxson says. “For best health and weight management, always fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables.” Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do for your overall health and to reduce your chances for developing cancer.
Use the cheat sheet below to select healthy portions of your favorite Thanksgiving foods. Add up your selections to stay in your target calorie range.
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