Eat Smart at Parties

Many of us find it a challenge to control our weight during the holidays. Try these strategies to help keep your eating in check.

Loading up on fruits and veggies will help you fill up before dessert is served.

  • If you're going to an evening party, cut down your calories during the day by filling up on fresh fruit, raw veggies, or yogurt. Take a 45-minute power walk, and then indulge without guilt (just don't go too wild).
  • Eat something before you go. If you're hungry when you arrive, no amount of willpower will keep you from inhaling the fried chicken fingers. A cup of soup or a small salad will help curb your appetite.
  • Be the slow-poke. Enjoy every bite; relish the aroma and flavor. You'll avoid the automatic eating that results in hundreds of calories.
  • Don't hover. Stay as far away as possible from the treat table. Fix your plate, and move along.