Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be another dreaded holiday when it comes to food and weight. With so much to be thankful for, focusing on the good and following these tips can help you get through this season guilt-free.

Hack 1: Up your exercise to help offset the inevitable additional calories. By working out more than usual in the week leading up to Thanksgiving and again on Thanksgiving day, you can burn off those extra holiday meal calories before you even take your first bite. Add in a walk after dinner to help get your digestive system moving and burn even more. Plus, this is a great way to bond with your family instead of sitting around watching football.

Hack 2: Sure you want to have that slice of pumpkin pie, and you should since it IS Thanksgiving! Make it a smaller serving and skimp on the whipped cream topping – this can save you over 200 calories!

Hack 3: Use a smaller plate. Set the fine China and use salad plates instead of dinner plates – this will help prevent plate-overload.

Hack 4: Portion control is a necessity on Thanksgiving. That stuffing looks delicious, those mashed potatoes smell heavenly, and the cranberry sauce is calling your name. Put them all on your plate, just in small portions. After you eat, drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes to decide if you really want more.

Hack 5: Cook lighter by using fat-free chicken broth, apple sauce instead of oil, fat-free sour cream, and sugar substitutes. You and your family won’t even notice these easy swaps that can shave off almost one third of the calories in your meal.

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All those machines

Are you overwhelmed by the number of exercise machines at your local gym? Just don’t even know where to start? Here’s some advice – it really doesn’t matter where you start, just that you do! The treadmill is likely a great machine to begin with, as walking is the almost-perfect exercise. Most have a ‘quick start’ button that you press and the belt begins to move. From there, you can use arrow keys up and down to adjust the speed of the belt. If it starts going too fast, simply step to the sides (straddle the belt) onto the foot pads designed for exactly that.

Another great low-impact machine is the elliptical machine. This device mimics a stair stepping/walking motion while incorporating arm movements. If the arms are too much, there are stationary handles instead. You can adjust the resistance by using up and down arrow keys.

Ready for some strength training? Of all the machines out there, you really just need a few – the leg press and leg curl for your lower body, and the chest press, shoulder press, and back pull are sufficient for upper body work. These five machines focus on specific muscles, but also incorporate your lower legs and arms as secondary muscle groups. Have a friend or trainer show you how to adjust the seat and weight and you’ll be all set!

Oranges

Juicy and sweet and renowned for its concentration of vitamin C, oranges make the perfect snack and add a special tang to many recipes; it is no wonder that they are one of the most popular fruits in the world.