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Tame the Feast: Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving 

You can enjoy the foods you love at Thanksgiving. Just don't overdo it. Bryan Wasson, DO, an internal medicine physician on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at Irving, says, "When you overindulge on fatty foods your body becomes inflamed for eight hours." This inflamation can take a toll on your heart.

He offers these tips for keeping your feast under control.

  • Go easy on foods that are high in sugar or cholesterol.
  • Watch your salt intake.
  • If you are preparing food, be conscious of the health needs of friends and family members.
  • If you are serving food, serve smaller portions.
  • If you have diabetes, keep a close eye on your blood sugar levels.
  • Keep your portion sizes in check. Dr. Wasson says that some people overindulge and take in 4,000 calories or more on Thanksgiving.
  • Make time for a little exercise like a family walk around the park.
  • Have a little wine if you like - it can help protect your heart. But keep it to one glass for women and two for men.

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