25 Healthy Holiday Choices
Give in. If a tiny portion of pie won't cut it, then eat a full slice, just this once. But consider avoiding the crust, which is filled with saturated fat and calories.
Think small. Always use a small plate if there’s a choice. That way you can’t gather a mountain of food.
No touching. Don’t pile up your food. Play that game you used to play as a kid -- don't let your foods touch.
Do it yourself. Bring your own amazing dish you can turn to in times of need. Make your contribution a super-healthy, low-cal, extremely tasty dish that you can’t get enough of. If all the other offerings are too rich or fatty, you can rely on your own cooking.
Step aside. When you’ve had your fill at the buffet table, move away. The farther you are from the food, the less you'll try to get back to it. If you have to stand in the same room with the food, keep your back to it.
Just a bite. Have all the desserts you want! But just a bite of each. That, Jamieson-Petonic says, is the way to not feel short-changed -- but also not bloated or on the edge of a sugar freak out.
Choose fruit. Afraid of the treats and what they'll do to you? Then contribute to the party by bringing a big fruit salad. The sugars in fruit can squelch your desire for other sweets.
Get chatty. Holidays are about catching up with friends and family you haven't seen in a while, Jamieson-Petonic says. Focus on conversation and you’ll eat less.
Take your time. Savor the food. Appreciating each bite, Jamieson-Petonic says, can help you eat less and appreciate what you had.
Take stock. When holiday cravings hit, stop and ask yourself, “Am I really hungry?” Just a few seconds might reveal that you’re really just tired or sad. A little talk with yourself can spare you some unwanted calories.
Breathe and enjoy. Remember that the holidays are about love and time with relatives and friends. Take a deep breath, smile, and connect.