It's that time of year again! I've thrown together some tips for how to have the healthiest Thanksgiving possible. My main tip, however, is to relax! Focus on your family and friends and don't stress about weight loss or weight gain. It is one day out of the year, so be sure to celebrate it how you want to! Eat Breakfast Experts say eating a small meal in the morning can give you more control over your appetite. Start your day with a small but satisfying breakfast -- such as an egg with a slice of whole-wheat toast. Lighten Up Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner or bringing a few dishes to share, make your recipes healthier with less fat, sugar, and calories. ~ Use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy. ~ Reduce oil and butter wherever you can. ~ Try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles. Police Your Portions Before you fill your plate, survey the buffet table and select reasonable-sized portions of foods you cannot live without. Don't waste your calories on foods that you can have all year long! Skip the Seconds. Try to resist the temptation to go back for second helpings. Leftovers are much better the next day, and if you limit yourself to one plate, you are less likely to overeat and have more room for dessert. Choose the Best Bets on the Buffet. Some holiday foods are better choices than others. White turkey meat, plain vegetables, roasted sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, defatted gravy, and pumpkin pie tend to be the best bets because they are lower in fat and calories. Slowly Savor Eating slowly, putting your fork down between bites. Choosing whole grains, fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, salads, and other foods with lots of water and fiber add to the feeling of fullness. Be Realistic The holiday season is a time for celebration. With busy schedules and so many extra temptations, this is a good time to strive for weight maintenance instead of weight loss.