My advice is to use the “plate method.” First, fill half your plate with fresh greens (ideally the leafy ones like kale and spinach – not Jell-O). Once your greens are in place, fill a quarter of your plate with turkey and a quarter with the starchy stuff – potatoes, stuffing, rice or bread. Have a half glass of wine if you’re drinking, and a sliver of pie for dessert. If you eat slowly and savor each bite, you’ll probably be full after one plateful.
Before eating a big meal, I check my blood sugar so I know where I stand. Then I check it again two hours later. If my sugar is high, I head out for a walk. I find it a lot more fun than watching football, but I know I’m in the minority. If you’re a fan, you can always DVR the game, or sneak out for a half-mile at halftime.
If anyone else has healthy Thanksgiving suggestions, please post them! I also want to thank everyone for all the comments you’ve posted so far. I’m trying to answer everyone’s questions, but if you haven’t heard from me, be sure read through other folks’ responses. You may find your answer.