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Season's Eatings

Want to maintain, not gain extra pounds this holiday? Here's how to enjoy delicious seasonal goodies without guilt.

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Lighten the drinks. Alcohol is laden with calories; creamy drinks are, too. Treat friends to a pitcher of sangria or lower-fat eggnog. Use low-fat milk instead of cream in White Russians.

Go 80-20. For the holidays or anytime, Zelman's health philosophy is "the 80-20 approach." She explains: "Eighty percent of the time, you follow your healthy lifestyle, exercising and eating properly. But 20% of the time, most often the weekends and holidays, you can lighten up, not be so tough on yourself. As long as you have an 80-20 balance, you won't gain weight-and you will have more fun."

This way, you have no need to fear the party buffets. Enjoy holiday goodies, continue to get some exercise, and you should sail through the season and into the New Year without feeling deprived - and without extra weight.

Smart Choices at the Buffet Table

Instead of... Choose...
Pigs in blanket Melon wrapped in prosciutto
Stuffing with brown gravy Brown or wild rice
Salami and cheese Crudités, fresh fruit, and dip
Fried wings Shrimp cocktail or smoked salmon
Green bean casserole Steamed veggies with citrus zest
Prime rib Turkey breast
Cheesecake Pumpkin pie with low-calorie topping
Fudge Chocolate-dipped strawberries
Hot chocolate with whipped cream Skinny latté with dusting of cocoa
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Reviewed on November 01, 2005

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