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Posted: 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012
TIPS FOR KEEPING HOLIDAY EATING UNDER CONTROL
Plan ahead: Before you go to the mall, slip a cheese stick and carrot sticks, or another low-fat snack, into your purse (or bag) to fight off temptations in the food court.
Balance it out. If you are going to a party, eat small, healthy meals beforehand such as a low-fat sandwich for lunch.
Never go to a party hungry. Take the edge off your hunger by eating a healthy snack such as apple slices, yogurt or vegetable soup.
Drink plenty of water. And drink a glass before the party to help fill you up.
Bring your own guilt-free dish to a party so you know there’s at least one you can splurge on.
Use a small plate so it looks full.
Remember, you can eat whatever you’d like, as long as it’s in moderation.
Don’t drink your calories. Consume alcohol in moderation, if at all.
Don’t hang out by the buffet table. Chatting beside it will only tempt you to graze.
If you want dessert, eat fewer calories during dinner and eat only the desserts you really want.
Before going back for seconds, wait 20 minutes for your food to “settle.” You might feel full and lose interest in more munching.
Sources: Dr. Stacy Mobley, a naturopathic doctor in Atlanta, and Lanier Dabruzzi, a nutrition affairs manager for the Southeast Dairy Association