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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.


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 blanketMelon wrapped in prosciutto
Stuffing with brown gravyBrown or wild rice
Salami and cheeseCrudités, fresh fruit, and dip
Fried wingsShrimp cocktail or smoked salmon
Green bean casseroleSteamed veggies with citrus zest
Prime ribTurkey breast
CheesecakePumpkin pie with low-calorie topping
FudgeChocolate-dipped strawberries
Hot chocolate with whipped creamSkinny latté with dusting of cocoa
Reviewed on November 01, 2005

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