NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Thanksgiving holiday can wreak havoc on waistlines. Add in another month of holiday parties and over-indulgence and you’ve got a recipe for dietary disaster.

Some experts say it’s not a lost cause. All it takes is a little preparation, beginning with your mindset.

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“You don’t want to go into the holiday season with a diet mentality thinking you have to deprive yourself of all the celebration and feasting,” says Registered Dietitian Sharon Zarabi of Lenox Hill Hospital.

“Be more of a mindful, intuitive eater,” she adds.

This involves avoiding grazing on snacks, losing track of how much you’re really eating.

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According to Zarabi, it’s important to be present with your food. She also recommends sipping water while you eat, allowing you to be more in tune with your hunger.

CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez adds that it’s important to not show up to a holiday party on an empty stomach. Before showing up to an event, it’s best to eat a bit of protein or fiber, such as a hard boiled egg or an apple. Doing so fills you up and stays with you, minimizing your chances of overeating.

When it comes time to feast, Zarabi suggests eating your turkey first followed by your veggies. Save the carbs and starches for the end.

“Protein and veggies keep you full so you’re usually less likely to overindulge in the sweets and starches that usually come with our Thanksgiving meals,” she adds.

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When all else fails, a little bit of exercise before a big meal or party will go a long way in controlling your appetite.