When cooking, many of us tend to taste the progress as we're adding spices and other ingredients. Those "tastes" can add up to a lot of calories, especially when cooking a big dinner like Thanksgiving! Keep a jar near the stove and every time you catch yourself "tasting", add an equal amount to the jar. You may be surprised at how much your jar adds up!
I wanted to avoid temptation while I baked my son's birthday cake, so I made sure to set a low calorie flavared water in my work area. Whenever I was tempted to taste a little frosting or piece of the cake, I drank my flavored water to satisfy the sweet temptation. It worked much better than I ever expected.