When it comes to diet, I’ve always been a big fan of balance. While I do emphasize eating non-starchy vegetables and lean protein meals, I couldn’t go without including my favorite family staples such as macaroni and cheese and my Grandma’s famous apple pie. Both of which I’ll be cooking for my family’s Thanksgiving celebration. This holiday I encourage you to practice moderation by building a guilt-free Thanksgiving plate.

Fill half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables.

Be careful here, I’m referring to a dish like a mixed greens salad or roasted brussels sprouts. A green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup and fried onions falls into the favorite’s category. You can easily offer to bring a salad or a vegetable side to assist your host.

Fill ¼ of your plate with protein.

This could be turkey, ham, lamb, beef, beans…whatever your family prepares for the occasion.

Fill ¼ of your plate with your favorites.

Have a taste of all the Thanksgiving foods that you love.

Chose one small portion of dessert.

It’s a holiday so of course enjoy a sweet treat but limit it to a small piece of one dessert, such as pumpkin pie. Yes, you can still have it alamode with a small scoop!

Practice a two-drink maximum approach.

One thing that derails our lifestyle progress is alcohol. Not only does it contain empty calories, but it leads to overeating. Therefore, limit your consumption to two beverages and stay hydrated with water throughout the day.

Get a post-Thanksgiving workout out in the following day.

You could even take advantage of the Black Friday sales and get your 10,000 steps in while you holiday shop away.