PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s important to remember that Thanksgiving is just one day, not a whole week. One large meal won’t pile on the pounds.

But, if you are the type who feels guilty after just one sliver of pie, and uses this slip-up as an excuse to go on a week-long binge, it’s time to rethink your strategy.

Make a healthy meal plan, that includes the special foods for which this holiday is known, without worrying about your waist line.

Decide how much of a favorite food will satisfy you
If you cannot conceive of eating just a small piece of Aunt Millie’s famous pumpkin pie, cut out something else to account for the larger slice.

Select once-a-year foods
Choose to eat dishes that are just served on Thanksgiving; avoid those that show up at every meal. After all, do you really want sweet potatoes topped with melted marshmallows plus an ordinary baked spud?

Just say no
Practice creative ways to say “no” in case you get pressured by others to take seconds (or thirds).

There’s always tomorrow
If the meal is at your house, remember that there will be plenty of leftovers. If you won’t be able to sleep knowing that there’s half a pie in the kitchen freeze leftovers immediately or give your guests doggie bags to take home.

Stop when you’re full
Push yourself away from the table when you’ve had enough. If you’re not sitting within arm’s length of the biscuits, you’ll be less likely to overindulge.

Broaden your focus
Make the holiday about more than just food. Focus on your friends and family and remember what you’re thankful for, like wearing a smaller size, more comfortably crossing your legs or feeling more confident about yourself.

Here’s two recipes from Weight Watchers to try out at your Thanksgiving dinner this year too:

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts
Cranberry-Orange Relish

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