11/24/2010 08:09 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Thanksgiving 2010: 5 Simple Ways To Avoid Foodborne Illness (PHOTOS)

As a dietitian, I of course would promote healthy eating this Thanksgiving. That includes portion control, eating a healthy breakfast and taking a walk after dinner. I've seen plenty of other experts give great advice on this very topic. One topic that hasn't been as popular is foodborne illnesses. Believe me, it's as important as healthy eating because consuming undercooked turkey or bad leftovers can ruin your entire weekend.

Here are a few suggestions I compiled with the help of The American Dietetic Association.

For more information on how to keep your Thanksgiving foodborne-illness free, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at: 1-888-MPHotline or 1-888-674-6854, or send an email to

Thanksgiving 2010: 5 Simple Steps To Avoid Foodborne Illness (PHOTOS)