Health Watch -- Fitting in a Feast

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It is possible to eat a Thanksgiving Day feast without ruining your diet. All it takes is a little prior planning and some self control before and after the big day. Nutrition experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say you can have a guilt-free Thanksgiving by cutting 500 calories from your diet the day before Thanksgiving and 500 calories the day after. That gives you 1,000 extra calories you can enjoy on Thanksgiving while still maintaining a calorie balance.

But that doesn't mean you can forget about all your healthy eating habits during the whole holiday season. If you break your good habits during the season of indulgence, it could be harder to get back to those habits later. By maintaining good eating habits throughout the holiday season, except for a few special occasions, you'll have less to regret in January.


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Nov. 2004

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