MADISON (WKOW) -- As you prepare to gobble up good food on Thanksgiving, a Madison dietitian says you can indulge, but just for one meal.
Marianne Merrick with St. Mary's Hospital in Madison says there's not much harm done if you overeat for one meal. But you might gain a few pounds over the holidays if you have multiple parties and eat too much at all of them.
Merrick suggests eating fruits and vegetables before the holiday meal, so you're not as hungry. She says put your food on a small plate and "scan and plan." That means take a look at the whole table of food and just pick what you really want; don't grab something from every dish.
Merrick also has some great suggestions for substitutes if you are making the Thanksgiving meal. Click on the video to learn more.