Where Thanksgiving calories hide – and how to burn them off

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Moderation is key to not overeating on Thanksgiving

Even if you indulge, keep moving -- even simple household chores can burn off the calories

CNN  — 

When you sit down to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, the cards will be stacked against your diet. Those favorite dishes are just so high in calories – hello, stuffing and sweet potato casserole! – and there are just so many of them, it can seem impossible not to splurge.

But with the right planning and a serving of willpower, you can have a healthy (or healthier) Thanksgiving.

How to dish up a healthier meal

“My advice is to do everything in moderation. Normally, people scoop up mounds of stuff on their plate, and that’s where it gets to be a problem. But if you can handle small portion sizes, then that’s fine,” said Sara Haas, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.