Revisting Holiday Healthy Eating Tips

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The same tips apply from Underindulging on Thanksgiving for all the other holiday parties you'll be swinging by or hosting these last two weeks of December. But I wouldn't be a proper dietitian if I didn't offer up some more before the end of the jolly season.

If you've only got one party to go to or host, that's no big deal. It's all those parties all piled on top of each other that can get us into overeating consuming trouble. So keep these in mind when making the holiday party rounds (you don't have to adhere to all of them, do what works for you):

1. Beware of overeating the 'healthy' items at the table or on the buffet. They still have calories so moderation in everything still comes into play. "Healthy" or "lowfat" or "low carb" is not a license to go crazy
2. Eat your salad first before serving yourself dinner. Research shows this can help you eat fewer calories overall as these veggies fill you up a little but are low in calories.
3. (After the salad) fill two-thirds to three-quarters of your plate with fruit and vegetable dishes.
4. Use smaller plates. The less you put on your plate the less you eat, smaller plates will help.
5. Be mindful of all the nibbles, snacks and tastings you eat between meals and during the appetizer time of the party. Those calories count too and we tend to forget how much we really had as we nibble along.
6. Don't skip meals. That leads to overeating later.
7. Before you go back for seconds, wait 5 to 10 minutes and then ask yourself if you're still hungry. If you are, go ahead.
8. Focus on weight maintenance during the holidays rather than weight loss. Weight maintenance is a success.
9. Watch your liquid calories. There's lots of tasty eggnogs, ciders, muld wine, hot toddies and the like that go down easy but add up quickly.
10. Serve yourself rather than let someone else do it. That way you are in control of your portion size.
11. Choose your splurges wisely. If you're gonna forgo moderation on a treat or dish you really have to have, cut calories elsewhere or add in some extra activity to your day.
12. If you're hosting send leftovers home with your guests; if you're not avoid taking them (sounds incongruent but you may be the only person thinking this way)
13. If you're at a party get the dancing started!

Have a fruit and veggie filled day:)
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Registered dietitian Andrea N. Giancoli is a nutrition advocate, consultant and educator.

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