December 8, 2010

How to Avoid Holiday Food Traps! Ends 12/28/10



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'Tis the season of family parties, office parties and church parties. Parties with friends and lots and lots of awesome food! Here are some tips on how to go to the parties but stay in control of your eating.

Just like in everyday day life, it all comes down to planning and preparation. For example:

Before the party or event:

*Eat a small, healthy snack (like Laughing Cow Cheese) to keep from being so hungry at the party that you want to eat everything in sight.

*Drink water before the party to make you feel more full.

*Set a limit of how many appetizers you will eat and stick to it! Choose whatever you want to eat, but stick to your limit.

*You may want to consider bringing a healthy option to share with others at the party. Maybe something like this:

Fruit for Dessert Fruit Dip

1 container of fat free or light whipped topping, thawed
2 containers of fat free or light raspberry yogurt

Just mix together and serve with fresh fruit.


At the party:

*Use a small plate at the buffet. Fill up on fruits and vegetables.

*Limit alcohol. There are lots of calories in those drinks, but they can also hinder your judgment. Drink club soda or water instead.

*Don't waste your calories on "okay" tasting food. Eat smaller portions of what really satisfies you.

*Make the focus on other people and great conversation instead of just the food. Speaking as a "foodie" this is difficult for me!

I hope these tip can help you over these next few weeks that will be full of temptation! Most importantly....Have a great holiday and enjoy your friends and family!

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193 comments:

Alecia said...

My tip is that even if I do some holiday baking, I take all of it to wherever/whatever I was baking it for. I don’t keep any of it at my house. I will still eat it if I take it to work or to a party, but at least I don’t have leftovers to come home to!

Mami2jcn said...

Keeping a food journal and making sure I don’t go over on calories is the best way for me not to go out of control.

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Tabathia said...

I drink plenty of water and flavor it with a slice of lemon for flavor to stay full and eat plenty of fruit like grapes or cheese to stay full and to avoid over eating
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Tabathia said...

tweet
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Cheryl said...

My tip is to make a daily workout chart and stick it on the fridge. That way it's right in front of me and I feel compelled to check off that day's exercices before I even attempt to open that door! My daughter uses it as well. We take turns on the treadmill while the coffee is brewing.

Cheryl said...

I like to tape a workout schedule to the front door of the refrigerator. That way, it's right in front of me and I feel compelled to check off that day's exercises before I even open that door! My daughter uses it too. We take turns on the treadmill while the coffee is brewing.

Eliza said...

I hide my chocolate chips and peanut butter. Otherwise, it's not just holiday health I have to worry about!

Mysharona said...

I skip the sweets and fill up on veggies.

Terri said...

I try to snack on fruits and veggies instead of always reaching for the sweets. It works sometimes LOL

Terri said...

http://twitter.com/Ziggywag/status/13337984900276224

I tweeted it

peg42 said...

I try to eat healthier options, like veggies, items high in fiber and drink plenty of water.

Natalia said...

I drink a glass of water before main meal
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John said...

I make sure to eat a bunch of salads, not potato or noodles
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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

my tip is if you bake use splenda
if you snack no larger portions than your fist

Scott said...

Eating during the holidays is not easy sometimes. To stay healthy I always eat a small meal before I go so I don’t feel like I have to pack it on at the party. I would rather do that and have everyone say how svelt I look instead of hiding the pie when I walk in. Happy Holidays.
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saphyress said...

I just think about how long it will take me to work off any extra calories when I am on the Wii, sheer laziness keeps me from overindulging

mickeyfan said...

Don't totally deny yourself the things you love. Instead, have small amounts of those items to satisfy your desires.

Stephanie said...

usually portion control size of palm but this year fighting cancer, had treatment and isolation last week and lost my salivary glands so no taste whatsoever
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Benny Williams said...

I always try to follow the "80% rule". Eat until you feel 80% and stop. If you feel hungry later, you can always have a snack. But usually that 80% is enough. Thanks for the giveaway!

Benny Williams said...

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susan1215 said...

I eat something before I go to a party. At the party I keep drinking water and just sample foods

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Kelly said...

Eat well as often as you can--at home, at work, etc.--so that you can allow yourself a few indulgences while you're out. If you're prone to overindulging or giving into temptation, be sure to eat a healthy meal before you go to a gathering!

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Rebecca Graham said...

I write down everything I eat and that keeps me from overindulging.

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the Crave to Save said...

I pay attention to my body's hunger signals and only eat to the point of satisfaction.

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the Crave to Save said...

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Georgia said...

I really try not to think about it to much, I just love getting together with family and friends. I do eat slowly and that seems to make a difference.

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Georgia said...

Tweeted here too

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rewcath said...

I snack on fresh fruit and vegetables as much as I possibly can, I never go to a holiday party hungry, and I try to make the treats I prepare in bite size pieces.

ranya112 said...

I keep a bowl of wash cut up fresh vegetables in the refrigerators. It's hard to nibble on the wrong foods if your mouth is full of celery, a hunk of cauliflower, or a slice of cucumber.

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buzzd said...

I love trying lots of different goodies, so I make sure I take a very small amount so I don't feel deprived but I don't overeat. Also drink lots of water

Timbo said...

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Bacallsmom said...

I never eat something just because it is "there" or because someone offers it to me. I only eat when I am really hungry and when it is something I actually like to eat.

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sarah said...

allow yourself one small dessert, that's it.

marybug2 said...

I try to eat lots of veggies and fruits, drink a lot of water and then try a sweet.
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marybug2 said...

i tweeted
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Toby said...

I try portion control by only eating half of any dinner portion placed before me. As for sweets, I choose carefully those most tempting and take only a bite (taste) of each.

Toby said...

tweet:
http://twitter.com/tandek589/status/14006936659820545

clc408 said...

Using a small plate gives the illusion of more food and makes smaller portions seem more satisfying. If you do this, you must also have a no-seconds rule!

clc408 said...

Tweet:
http://twitter.com/clc408/status/14059593982287872

Kelly said...

Portion control lets you control the calories, yet eat your favorite party foods wothout feeling deprived .

sodahoney said...

I like small plate idea. I am a neurotic health nut. I eat only what could fit in the palm of my hand about every hrs. I can't remember the last time I ate junk.

sodahoney said...

http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/14141589328760832

Holly said...

I try to drink plenty of water-to keep myself feeling full:)
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Carole R said...

Eat more fruit based less added sugar desserts.

cybercook@ameritech.net

sweepmom said...

I bring a healthy option to share at holiday parties so I know there is at least one dish I can nibble on without guilt.

Shawnalee said...

Ohh all great tips!! I would use it to make a healthy shake! I bet this would make it so yummy.

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Tarah said...

I make sure I don't withhold the treats from myself, I just get the correct portion size so I get my fill and don't feel left out!

Tarah
tarah716[at]ymail.com

smilekisses said...

Sad to say, but I do not eat healthy during the holidays---what fun would that be! But I do start dieting after the new year.
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ms-texas said...

It's hard to resist during the Holidays and sometimes I don't
but generally it is only during the Holidays when I eat in excess

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ms-texas said...

i tweeted here:

http://twitter.com/bellows22/statuses/14558034537746432

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Susan E. said...

I make sure I never skip meals and that the ones I eat are healthy and filling. I can neve make wise choices when I feel like I'm starving.

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Kerry said...

Before I eat something I try to think about how long it would take me to exercise the calories from it off. I ask myself if it's really worth it.
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Kerry said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/14832028960694272
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llinda29 said...

I eat lots of fruits and veggies

M.A. said...

Think hard.
Choose well.
Eat wisely.

Peace Love and Pets said...

If I know I am going out somewhere where there will be lots of goodies, I will eat some fruit or a salad before going, that way I will be fuller and if I do indulge, it will be a small portion

Peace Love and Pets said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/eyzofblu63/status/14880727065690112

Paige said...

I try to make sure I eat everything in moderation, and not deprive myself of anything. If I say NO COOKIES, chances are you're going to find me face first in a tray of snickerdoodles!
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bluedragon51 said...

One of the Country Take-Home meals would be yummy.

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hale2005 said...

I try to drink only water and eat smaller portions!


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hale2005 said...

I have retweeted.

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ohkeeka said...

I load up on veggies as appetizers so I'm less hungry for dinner. And when it's meal time, I make sure to fill up my plate with veggies so there's less room for unhealthy stuff!

sewcat said...

I’m increasing my fiber intake daily. Adding more fruit, veggies and water to my diet.

Norma said...

I'm trying to GAIN weight, so calories aren't an issue. But I do have to make sure I also eat plenty of fruits, veggies and protein o keep healthy - can't live on fudge and cookies alone!
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LAMusing said...

I go ahead and indulge in the goodies - thankfully I have a small appetite. I also make sure m other meals and snacks are healthy and low calorie
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tatertot374 said...

I like to eat a salad before we go out to dinner at friends and family. I also like to get small portions and drink lots of water.
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Jolene said...

my tip is to drink lots of water, and skip the alcohol or at least minimize it.

sksweeps said...

When I go to my parents for Christmas, I bring everything to make it super easy for them. So, I bring good food! Appetizers = veggie and fruit trays. Period! Dessert - one small tart for each person, customized with each person's favorite filling.

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idahomom said...

I ea a healthy dinner before going to parties.

Janna @ Feed Your Pig said...

I drink a bottle of water in the car on the way to parties to help me curb my intake!!
Merry Xmas! Thanks!
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Courtney said...

I try to stick with the fresh/raw veggies to snack on. If I want to indulge I only eat a very small portion.

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pickledseeds said...

I don't go to any holiday parties hungry. I'll eat a small healthy snack beforehand that way I'm not starving and I don't gobble up everything in site.

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KPort207 said...

I use a smaller plate so I don't fill a huge plate up and eat too much.

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ellie said...

I never accept anything to take home
from a party and I avoid alcoholic drinks so I don’t have to worry about those empty calories.
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ellie said...

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sewbird said...

Nothing larger that a desert plate for me!!! And lots of water.

dawns41 said...

I eat more salad and veggies so I can avoid the more fattening foods. I also choose water to drink.
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msrodeobrat said...

i try to always leave a couple of bites of whatever i'm eating. that helps me to cut back a little
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intime said...

I try to fill up on soup for the holidays intime@myself.com

Jennifer M said...

I eat a big healthy dinner before I go out to parties so I'm not as hungry.

Susan C. said...

That fruit dessert dip looks fantastic! Yum!

Becca said...

My tip is to eat at home before you go, and when you go out, only try what you HAVE to. Don't try everything! Thanks! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

Chisum's Crew said...

I keep fresh veggies washed, cut and ready to munch on instead of sweets. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Julieh said...

I drink a big glass of water before a meal, and eat fruit and veggies to fill up before other treats. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

lbink said...

Don't linger by the table when you're at a get together. . . Load up on veggies and stay away from the table!!

Debbie C said...

I don't eat treats and foods offered just to be complimentary to the hosts. I take small portions first, only finish what I really like and skip things like sugary sodas all together, drinking water or diet soda instead.

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Debbie C said...

Tweeted
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Princess Golden Hair said...

I try to keep in mind portion sizes like a deck of cards for protien and a tennis ball for veggies I do sample some treats but I don't load up my plate with them

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chlorinebrain said...

To help manage portions I don’t use large serving spoons – just regular spoons.

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Giant Sis said...

I eat some of what I am craving, and then I pop in a piece of really minty gum! This way, it keeps my mouth busy chewing, but the minty-ness is strong enough to mess with flavors and keeps me from eating more.
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katfam95 said...

I really don't overeat. Sometimes though I eat too many sweets and not enough real food. I just keep trying.

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guettel78 said...

To try to reduce my holiday over-indulgences, I drink a lot of water before and during parties so my stomach stays fuller the entire time, and I limit myself to one of any treat or one plateful from dinners and buffets. Thanks!

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guettel78 said...

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Erica C. said...

I eat a healthy meal at home before I go to any holiday party. It keeps me fuller and less likely to eat bad treats.

iggysaysno said...

I have learned to always bring a dish when going to a holiday party. Then, I seem like a gracious guest and know that there is at least one healthy option available!

Deb said...

I found that the time I overeat too much is at dinner (especially when there is pasta or potatoes), so I've taken to eating on a bread plate....seriously. It sounds like a tiny portion, but I fill the plate so I feel like I've got a whole plate full, and usually it's plenty of food. If I get hungry later, I have a healthy snack. Works well at parties too. I let myself have whatever I want as long as it can fit on one small size plate.

Shel said...

For the holidays, I don’t indulge except for Christmas day. I promise myself that if I’m good all December, on Christmas I won’t be counting calories or feeling guilty for having an extra nut horn, or two. I also refuse to take home my mom’s leftovers because I know that’s just too much temptation to have in my refrigerator. While she pouts a bit, I know she understands my plight.

I also keep some low-calorie snacks on hand at work because there’s always cookie trays and goodies the weeks leading up to Christmas. From my lips straight to my hips and I swear it’s always worse during the holidays.

And when I'm Christmas shopping, I always bring along a bottle of water. The stores are hot and I know that I'd be tempted to stop for a soda or grab a quick fast-food snack..the water helps fill me up, keep me cool and it's much better for me than soda.

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Shel said...

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pixie13 said...

I fill about half of my plate with fresh fruits & veggies before going for the heavier, fat & calorie laden dishes

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Teegan Briggs said...

I have a rule for myself…before I go for the junk food, I will eat something healthier and then wait 20 minutes before indulging. So…if somebody brings over lasagna, I will have a banana and some salad before gorging myself on the fattening food!

chatterBOX said...

Water! Water! Water! Lots of it. I put pieces of fruit in my water makes it sweet and easy to gulp down :)

simone/ thebubbledies said...

I make sure I don't keep any sweets that I make over the holidays in my house. We eat a few and then drop them off at someone else's house or a work potluck! Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

snowluvnferret said...

I guess I'm "lucky" enough not to have a severe sweet tooth. This way, pies and cakes do not tempt me. I drink a lot of water (which is also good when you're inside overly heated rooms) and watch my portions

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Nancy said...

I try to choose the treats that I really want and ignore the rest. I also increased by exercise this month so I could indulge more without feeling too guilty.

Nancy said...

My tweet: http://twitter.com/njhhb/statuses/19505098149335040

Valeen said...

I try to keep plenty of fruits and veggies on hand already cut up so we reach for those instead of the sugary goodies!

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Racingjourno said...

I try to eat healthy, low calorie, high-protein snacks at 11AM and 4PM. It works two ways, it keeps the metabolism high and keeps me feeling more full until proper dinner time.

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Racingjourno said...

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cennywenny said...

I sneak veggie purees into my dinners to amp up the nutrition, fools my husband into eating veggies way more than he usually would!

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Claire said...

Drink a lot of water and eat a lot of veggies so you won't have too much room for all the unhealthy stuff!

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Randominities said...

To avoid overeating, I never eat anything ordinary. I only chose the unique items. I also try to focus on people and talking. I mean really, that's why I'm there. I can get food anywhere (as my scale will testify).

latishajean said...

I eat lots of veggies and small meals! I eat small meals I can still enjoy my favorite foods!
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Sue said...

Try on your bathing suit before dinner! LOL! Should help to make wiser meal choices.

heatherzilla said...

I just have a small portion and eat slowly to savor the taste and texture of the food.

heatherzilla said...

Tweet:
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Theresa C said...

I can't avoid them, I have a food weakness. I do always start a new years resolution to get into better shape

Mickey said...

I eat healthy when friends are bringing me all sorts of goodies by eating a healthy meal first, before parties or entertaining. If I’m not hungry, I won’t nibble the goodies!


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Mickey said...

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Auriette said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/Auriette/status/19627600544530432

bdiane34 said...

To be honest I dont do alot of watching what I eat during the holidays, Its my time to enjoy all the great food. I try to drink extra water though.
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bdiane34 said...

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ferriz said...

i always use a smaller plate to trick my mind into thinking i have tons of food on it. i also eat a healthy snack before a party so i am not starving.

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Valancia said...

Try staying away from the goodies and fattening things such as baked goods candy and things loaded with butter sugar or cream and think in your head- I'll pay for this later and maybe that will motivate you. Try drinking beverages more than eating to help you feel fuller

April said...

Always only eat the most enjoyable dishes and avoid the meh stuff. Plus, I always try to eat a filling breakfast, usually oatmeal, and a filling lunch with lots of protein and fiber so I'm less likely to snack.
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Leslie S. said...

I try to have a healthy snack for every unhealthy one I eat.I try to keep fruits and veggies around as well as cheese and crackers to not be tempted to just eat the junk.Thanks!
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Mrs4444 said...

Just wondering....Is this still open??

clynsg said...

Although we have the goodies in the house for the get-togethers, I send the majority of them home with my daughter, who does have the extra appetites in her house! That does not mean, unfortunately, that I might not indulge somewhat while they are here.

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Deci said...

Do not let people know that you are watching your intake, they will urge you to eat more. Smile and have a bite..a tiny one.

Deci said...

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PauleyD said...

My strategy is to stay healthy all year round and indulge around the holiday season. I like to work out and I tend to eat clean year round, so when the holidays roll around I don't feel bad about sampling from the goody tray.

My wife lets herself eat off of one medium sized plate and doesn’t go for seconds.

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PauleyD said...

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Lisa said...

I fill up on salad at each meal to avoid eating junk. msmith572@yahoo.com

Lisa said...

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Denise S. said...

The only way to avoid overeating treats is to not have any in the house.

Kristen said...

If I know I'm going to a party where there will be food, I eat less the rest of the day so I can try out their tasty treats when I get there.

demmi said...

eat what you want just small portions

Felicia K. said...

I really try to limit my portions because bottom line: I can't not eat all the wonderful food laying out infront of me. Plus I can't hurt my mom's feelings who just spent an entire day cooking it. So I drink lots of water, and limit the amount of food and deserts I eat.
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Betty C said...

I like to take a bit of everything and put it on a small plate. That way I get to have a few bites of the extravagant stuff and fill up on the things that won't do as much damage.

Betty C said...

Tweet - http://twitter.com/willitara/status/19835772165169152

Its Just Me said...

I eat the rich foods in moderation

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Its Just Me said...

tweet

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Anonymous said...

We have fresh fruit and veggies on
hand for snacks. Eating a snack
before you go the the party so you are not so hungry. Taking a long walk every night with our dog.
Thanks Cathy Truman
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Olga A said...

I'll just eat a bit of everything and don't go for seconds. .

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Lisanne624 said...

I try to remain mindful of what I am eating, and how much is going on my plate. I get very small portions of everything and absolutely NO SECONDS!

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

bake as little or as much as you need...if you go somewhere else, be sure to not get seconds

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Trisha D. said...

i stay out of the kitchen or anywhere ppl are hanging out eating!

carolpie said...

We just do NO holiday baking at all. We want to stay healthy and not feel ill, so we eat like normal.
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carolpie said...

I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/dresdenrain/status/19888880043954177

miriama said...

I try to really THINK about what I eat. I prefer to get the calories from foods than drinks so I watch out for that vice of mine: Starbucks!

amyd said...

I keep to small portions and no dessert!
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miriama said...

http://twitter.com/miriama59/status/19901118234497025

Diane52 said...

I drink a glass of water before each meal and never let myself get to the point where I'm really hungry.
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shiloh said...

Drink lots of water, eat healthy before going to the party, and what you cannot resist determine to avoid.

Chip said...

I participate in a cookie exchange. This helps so that I'm not making a bunch of different cookies for my family. They still get a variety and I'm not taste testing every batch that comes out of the oven.
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Chip said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/chipdip2010/status/19923349891194880
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~dab said...

I try to avoid the sweets, and stick to the fresh fruit and veggies. For any of the “bad” foods I indulge in, I limit portions to no more than a 1/2 cup.

~dab said...

tweet http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/19924367890710528

Suz said...

I eat everything I am interested in during the holidays, but I only eat one spoonful of each item to avoid overindulgence.

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tallcapp said...

When I am invited to someone's house for the holidays, I eat everything they labored over. I can revert to my normal routines and diet and exercise regimens right after the holidays and for the rest of the year.

elango said...

My best tip is to eat a healthy meal before going to a party so that you won't eat so much unhealthy food at the party.

elango said...

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slehan said...

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slehan said...

My portion control is keeping foods out of my house that I would eat too much of. Thanks for the contest.

madreblair said...

Drink 2 glasses of water before going to a party! small portions of what you want to eat , choose healthy items.

madreblair said...

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Emily N. said...

I eat veggies and exercise daily to balance out the extra sweets. If I overdo it at lunch, then I cut my calories at dinner.

Jinxy and Me said...

I eat a healthy small meal before going to a party so that I don't pig out on the fatty foods! But, I do let myself have at least a taste of my favorites.

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pattycake said...

I remind myself how hard it is to burn those extra calories and eat fish and low cal veggies so I can have some goodies

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ladyt64 said...

I always try to eat a healthy meal at home before I go out to a holiday party or get together. This way I won't be so hungry that I will eat too much junk food while I'm out.

mrssquigg said...

I put the fork down. No really, if you are familiar with Paul McKenna you know what I'm talking about. You can anything you want. But you must put the fork/spoon down in between bites. Stop eating when you are feel full. It doesn't take long to feel full but you must give your stomach and brain time to coordinate. Any moderate exercise will help, too.

Love your Fruit Dip recipe! I will have to make that soon.


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mrssquigg said...

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mail4rosey said...

My favorite and most effective tip for watching your caloric intake during the holidays is to get up and workout FIRST thing in the morning. Before coffee. Before walking the dog. Before getting hubby and kids up for school/work. Do it and you'll be mindful all day long of what you're eating because you wont' want to blow that early morning exercise routine.

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mail4rosey said...

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ShesAnAngel said...

I try not to eat everything in site, I just eat my very favorite items, and I keep the portions small..I think a lot of people eat huge portions and they don't even know it!

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ShesAnAngel said...

I tweeted

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barblong said...

The most important thing I do from overeating during the holidays is drinking water all day to keep my appetite from getting out of control.

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floating said...

i try to take small amounts of all my fave foods

Atreau said...

Look at everything being served, serve yourself primarily the healthy foods and very little of the unhealthy foods that way you have a variety and still fill up!

Ardy22 said...

I eat lots of different dishes but keep the portions small!

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