Thanksgiving Dinner with Walter Willett

The author of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy shares secrets for eating well on Thanksgiving.

By Janis Graham from Reader's Digest | November 2008

Make this Thanksgiving a healthy one with tips from Walter Willett, MD, professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and author of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy:

  • Healthiest dishes. “For the stuffing, we use olive oil instead of butter, whole-grain bread instead of white, and nuts and dried fruit, not sausage. We use half the sugar in my grandmother’s cranberry relish recipe, and add smoked turkey instead of ham hocks to collard greens.”
  • Portion control tactics. “I run longer than usual on Thanksgiving morning to compensate for the extra calories later. At dinner, I’m not as concerned about calorie watching as overeating. I know I’ll feel terrible if I get stuffed, so I try to put small amounts on my plate and eat slowly.”