Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season–a large meal followed by shopping deals and Christmas carols. It’s common for people to put on a little extra weight during this time. There are a lot of sweets, family gatherings, and delicious food to share. Start your holiday season off right by staying healthy on Thanksgiving. Here are a few tips to keep you on track:

Snack smart

Everyone snacks while they cook. It’s a fact. Instead of snacking on cheese and crackers, stick to eating raw veggies: carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc. This will help you fill up before dinner without absorbing an excessive number of calories.

Fill half your plate with veggies

If your plate is full of veggies, there will be less space for starches. Plus, it will prevent you from overstocking your plate with a mashed potato volcano overflowing with delicious gravy.

Choose skinless turkey

Turkey itself doesn’t contain an exorbitant amount of calories, but the skin (although delicious) will get you. Stick with the lean part of the bird. You’ll still get to enjoy this fabulous Thanksgiving staple, but you won’t have to worry about the calories!

Mind your portions

You don’t have to fill your plate to the brim. Start with less. If you finish and want more, get more! But you’re less likely to overeat when you have less food in front of you. And if you’re worried about missing out, pack up a to-go plate before dinner. That way, if you don’t get to eat everything you wanted, you’ll get a second try the following day!