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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Healthy eating during the holiday season

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The holidays are officially upon us, and that means (among lots of other things) food. Often, a lot of it.

How do you manage so much good, but not necessarily good-for-you, food during this time of year?

Left to my own devices, I could live off appetizers year round. The lure of tiny sandwiches and food in a ball format is nearly too much for me to resist. So, for me, it's important to keep a regular meal routine. I make sure to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner as I normally do, perhaps a little lighter fare, though.

I am not someone who should go to a party hungry.

When I'm at a party, I'm probably supposed to tell you I just stick to the vegetable tray and drink water.

But, I'd be lying.

At a party, I decide on a few things that I'd like to try and I try them, but they have to fit on the smallest plate available.

If I routinely deny myself an item at the buffet, I find that I think about it, and give in, sometimes eating more than if I had just gotten some in the first place. After that, I try to carry a drink to occupy my hands and explore that gathering in the room away from the food.

I don't think there's any magic way to handle holiday food. You have to eat less, or move more. But, it's also a time for celebration and I try not to get too hung up about it and use some common sense.

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- The holidays are a great time to visit with old friends, consider meeting for a walk at the park rather than a meal, and catch up while you get a little exercise.

- Volunteer to bring your favorite healthy dish to the party. That way, you're assured of something you like and call fill up on if the other food choices aren't as healthy.

- Eat a high protein meal before you go to the party, it'll help you feel full, longer

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219 Comments:

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  • 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! I also try to keep up some sort of workout routine, even during the busy holidays, so I can balance out the holiday goodies eating that I do!

    By Blogger Alecia, At 2:01 PM, December 08, 2010  

  • I drink water with a twist of lime to stay full and eat fruit between meals to avoid overeating
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Tabathia, At 11:04 PM, December 08, 2010  

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    By Blogger Tabathia, At 11:05 PM, December 08, 2010  

  • I keep a food diary and make sure to keep active during the holidays.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Mami2jcn, At 8:29 AM, December 09, 2010  

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    By Blogger Mami2jcn, At 8:30 AM, December 09, 2010  

  • I manage by avoiding the sweets.I make sure to stick to my daily exercise and that handles any extra food I may eat during the holidays.

    By Blogger Mysharona, At 12:15 PM, December 10, 2010  

  • I make sure I snack on fruits and veggies sometimes instead of sweets

    By Blogger Terri, At 2:37 PM, December 10, 2010  

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    By Blogger Terri, At 2:37 PM, December 10, 2010  

  • I try to drink a glass of water with lemon before meals. That helps a bunch!
    natatheangel at yahoo.com

    By Anonymous Natalia, At 4:31 PM, December 10, 2010  

  • I eat a lot of salads before main dish, that helps to keep my stomack full.
    jdrombo AT yahoo DOT com

    By Anonymous John, At 4:32 PM, December 10, 2010  

  • I try to stay away from the high calorie foods and instead try to fill up on water, salads, fresh fruits and veggies.
    Thanks
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

    By Blogger peg42, At 4:39 PM, December 10, 2010  

  • I tweeted:
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    By Blogger peg42, At 4:41 PM, December 10, 2010  

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

    By Blogger MOMFOREVERANDEVER, At 6:26 PM, December 10, 2010  

  • 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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    By Blogger Scott, At 6:33 PM, December 10, 2010  

  • I get a cup of something to walk around with, easier to keep my hands busy and out of the appetizers!

    By Blogger saphyress, At 7:36 PM, December 10, 2010  

  • 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
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

    By Blogger Stephanie, At 11:34 PM, December 10, 2010  

  • 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!

    By Blogger Benny Williams, At 1:41 AM, December 11, 2010  

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    By Blogger Benny Williams, At 1:41 AM, December 11, 2010  

  • I fill up on proteins fruits and vegetables so I'm not as tempted to eat sweets. I also eat before I go to parties and just sample foods while I'm there. While I'm a party I try to drink water to fill me up.

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    By Blogger susan1215, At 9:11 AM, December 11, 2010  

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    By Blogger susan1215, At 9:12 AM, December 11, 2010  

  • I eat pretty healthily every day, so a few treats won't hurt. I also make my own healthier treats (with sugar-free ingredients, lower-fat milk, etc.) so that I can indulge a bit at home and not feel left out. :)

    krtrumpet [at] aol [dot] com

    By Blogger Kelly, At 12:47 PM, December 11, 2010  

  • I try to eat sensibly so during the Holidays when people want me to try something they baked or cooked, its simple I do, but I limit the portion that I take. Thanks for the giveaway.

    By Blogger karenb834, At 1:28 PM, December 11, 2010  

  • tweeted

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    By Blogger karenb834, At 1:30 PM, December 11, 2010  

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

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger Rebecca Graham, At 2:15 PM, December 11, 2010  

  • I try to pay attention to my body's hunger signals and also how full I feel so I don't overeat.

    gina.m.maddox AT gmail.com

    By Blogger the Crave to Save, At 6:01 PM, December 11, 2010  

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    By Blogger the Crave to Save, At 6:01 PM, December 11, 2010  

  • I have a bowl of washed cut up vegetables in the refrigerator so when the impulse comes to stuff something in my mouth it can be a spear of cucumber, a stalk of celergy, a cherry tomator, or a chunk of broccoli.

    iridia718 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger ranya112, At 6:52 PM, December 11, 2010  

  • I got to say, I really drink much more water when I am around a lot of good food, deserts if you know what I mean but I really don't think about it to much,I just love the holidays.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger Georgia, At 7:18 PM, December 11, 2010  

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    By Blogger Georgia, At 7:19 PM, December 11, 2010  

  • I will eat cookies, cake and other high calorie foods, but only in moderation, and try to fill up on fruit or veggies instead.

    By Blogger naturegirl, At 8:31 PM, December 11, 2010  

  • 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

    By Blogger buzzd, At 9:33 PM, December 11, 2010  

  • Gotta say the finest way to eat healthy for our family is to stick a Mediterranean diet of pastas, fishes, olive oil and other necessary peripherals :D

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    By Blogger Timbo, At 9:54 PM, December 11, 2010  

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    By Blogger Timbo, At 9:54 PM, December 11, 2010  

  • I serve a green salad with every dinner to fill us up a bit before we start on the meat and starch.

    bbentry [at] aol [dot] com

    By Blogger Bacallsmom, At 9:59 PM, December 11, 2010  

  • you're asking the wrong girl ;) I just try not to overdo it.

    By Blogger sarah, At 11:59 PM, December 11, 2010  

  • I just try to have balance, a little of everything so that I feel like I'm not denying myself, but no so much that I feel sick after I'm done.

    By Blogger Angela, At 7:54 AM, December 12, 2010  

  • Here’s my tip. Didn’t say it was easy, but here it is. Eat only half of everything you’d ordinarily eat and that includes your main dishes and the sweets.

    By Blogger Toby, At 10:55 AM, December 12, 2010  

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    By Blogger Toby, At 10:56 AM, December 12, 2010  

  • I am sure I eat too many sweets durning the holidays, but I do try to fill up on fruits and veggies.
    marybug2@yahoo.com

    By Blogger marybug2, At 11:09 AM, December 12, 2010  

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    By Blogger marybug2, At 11:18 AM, December 12, 2010  

  • I try to stick with the healthiest choices and fill up on them. If I do have a treat, I do it in moderation.

    By Blogger clc408, At 1:51 PM, December 12, 2010  

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    By Blogger clc408, At 1:53 PM, December 12, 2010  

  • tweeted

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    By Blogger karenb834, At 3:48 PM, December 12, 2010  

  • I really don't have a problem. I am a health nut. I can't remember the last time I ate junk. I use exteme potion control palm size potions. I could go on and on about how I eat but it would bore you.

    By Blogger sodahoney, At 8:39 PM, December 12, 2010  

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    By Blogger sodahoney, At 8:40 PM, December 12, 2010  

  • I like to take a week off and eat whatever I want. Then eat better the following weeks. It makes it less stressful. topgun34er(at)hotmail(dot)com

    By Blogger Super Frugalette, At 11:30 PM, December 12, 2010  

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    By Blogger Super Frugalette, At 11:31 PM, December 12, 2010  

  • I try not to overeat even I like a particular cookie/cake more. I also drink water instead of soda.

    By Blogger Liz, At 11:44 PM, December 12, 2010  

  • 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.

    By Blogger sweepmom, At 6:29 AM, December 13, 2010  

  • I know that I am going to dive into my family's traditional appetizer haven (we do appetizers on Christmas Eve that my grandmother used to make 30 years ago added with newer ones throughout the years) and so I sort of do the salad option for a couple of days before the holiday.

    It may be cold comfort but it's also my tradition of false food security.

    By Blogger Newscoma, At 6:33 AM, December 13, 2010  

  • 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

    By Anonymous Tarah, At 2:40 PM, December 13, 2010  

  • 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.
    dolniaks[at]consolidated[dot]net

    By Blogger smilekisses, At 8:44 PM, December 13, 2010  

  • It's really hard to resist during the Holidays and ususally I don't

    debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

    By Blogger ms-texas, At 11:12 PM, December 13, 2010  

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    By Blogger ms-texas, At 11:14 PM, December 13, 2010  

  • tweeted

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    By Blogger karenb834, At 4:13 PM, December 14, 2010  

  • If I know I'm going to be eating at a party, I will eat light the rest of the day to save some calories to splurge a little.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

    By Blogger Kerry, At 5:28 PM, December 14, 2010  

  • tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/14824128561283072
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

    By Blogger Kerry, At 5:29 PM, December 14, 2010  

  • Use a small plate. Take small portions. Eat only a small part of each portion.

    By Blogger M.A., At 7:33 PM, December 14, 2010  

  • I eat lots of fruits and veggies

    By Blogger llinda29, At 7:44 PM, December 14, 2010  

  • I usually try to eat some fruit or a salad before I go out, that way if I do eat anything it is always a smaller portion because I am fuller

    By Blogger Peace Love and Pets, At 8:41 PM, December 14, 2010  

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    By Blogger Peace Love and Pets, At 8:43 PM, December 14, 2010  

  • I always try to get to the cheese plate first at the party and stock up on some protein....but to be REALLY honest.....I'm usually the cookie eater.

    Cheese and cookies. My two food loves.

    By Blogger From Tracie, At 8:53 PM, December 14, 2010  

  • I take small portions of foods we only have at holidays and fill up on veggies othrwise. Mini quiches I can have anytime; six-layer cookies I can't.

    By Blogger AmyinMotown, At 7:23 AM, December 15, 2010  

  • Peanut butter sandwich & a glass of water before a big bash. Then I chow down anyway...

    By Blogger CincyNat, At 9:13 AM, December 15, 2010  

  • i keep junk food (especially sweets) out of the house this time of year.

    By Anonymous BV, At 12:09 PM, December 15, 2010  

  • Keep cut veggies to inhale before teh party, then I'm full when I get there and everything looks less appealing.

    By Blogger Headless Mom, At 12:56 PM, December 15, 2010  

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    By Blogger Headless Mom, At 1:00 PM, December 15, 2010  

  • I try not to have my conversations near the food table. Too much tempation to "graze". Also, if there is alcohol, I will have one drink and then switch to soda water with a lime. People assume it's vodka and leave you be. No extra calories or drunkfests! lol!

    By Blogger Cheryl, At 4:04 PM, December 15, 2010  

  • I try to fill up before parties on healthy snacks so I won't eat so much but you wouldn't know by looking at me....

    By Blogger Amanda, At 4:28 PM, December 15, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/karenb834/status/15390704486326272

    By Blogger karenb834, At 7:00 AM, December 16, 2010  

  • I hope I didn't already comment, but anyway...

    During the holidays I aim for portion control and try to resist things that are fattening but not yummy so I can eat more yummy. Mainly my plan is to run harder and faster so that I don't have to worry all that much.

    By Anonymous Flossip, At 10:26 AM, December 16, 2010  

  • I watch my diet carefully the whole month of December, so I can eat whatever I want on Christmas day and Christmas eve.
    smchester at gmail dot com

    By Blogger sweetsue, At 11:58 PM, December 16, 2010  

  • tweeted

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    By Blogger karenb834, At 3:34 AM, December 17, 2010  

  • I avoid holiday parties. I'm socially awkward and therefore just beg off most parties. That helps immensely - I'm not hanging out by the food table stuffing my face full of food to avoid awkward small talk. Other than that, I try a little of everything and try not to get too uptight. It is the holidays - life is short.

    By Blogger Michelle Smiles, At 11:24 AM, December 17, 2010  

  • I never tell myself I cannot have something. If I do this I end up face-diving into an entire plate of cookies or tray of brownies. Everything in moderation is my policy!
    paigewiley16 AT gmail DOT com

    By Blogger Paige, At 11:59 AM, December 17, 2010  

  • I love to bake BUT my body pays the price! Not anymore, for the last 4 years now, I have learned how to make baking some what healthy!! I use sweeteners instead of sugar as a substitute. Not only does this cut down on the calories but my kids can eat these with out bouncing off the walls. I also ask for small plates if I'm eating out or try to go before dinner hours and go when they still serve lunch, The lunch portions are smaller than the dinner portions. I up my exercise from 4 days a week to 6 days a week during the holidays so I CAN have that sugar cookie or slice of pie at the office party or family get togethers. I always have water, sometimes are brains think we are hungry but all we really need is a glass of water and we all know water is NO calorie beverage! :)

    Blockleslie@ymail.com

    By Anonymous Leslie Block, At 7:24 PM, December 17, 2010  

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    By Anonymous Leslie Block, At 7:29 PM, December 17, 2010  

  • I make sure I don't skip meals and that the ones I eat are healthy and filling. I can never make wise choices when I'm starving.

    dogsrock at insightbb dot com

    By Blogger Susan E., At 7:38 PM, December 17, 2010  

  • I have a rule that I must drink a full glass of water and then wait 10 minutes before eating anything. That includes having seconds. I'm not sure if that makes me feel full or just keeps me from eating so much because I am spending so much time in the bathroom!
    twincubator ]at[ twinparenthood )dot(com

    By Anonymous Kathryn at TwinParenthood, At 2:27 PM, December 18, 2010  

  • Eat a salad before going out to parties with food. It will help you with hunger and try to stick with small samples
    thank you
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

    By Blogger tatertot374, At 2:34 PM, December 18, 2010  

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    By Blogger tatertot374, At 2:35 PM, December 18, 2010  

  • tweeted

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    By Blogger karenb834, At 3:22 PM, December 18, 2010  

  • I fill up on veggies during appetizer time so I'm not as hungry when it's time for dinner. Everything in moderation! Even if you end up indulging more than you had planned, just remember it's only one day! :)

    By Blogger ohkeeka, At 4:34 PM, December 18, 2010  

  • I’m increasing my fiber intake daily. Adding more fruit, veggies and water with a twist of lemon to my diet.

    By Blogger sewcat, At 7:23 PM, December 18, 2010  

  • I try to eat before I go to holiday parties. If I'm not starving when I go, I'll eat less. lisacarr7 ataol dot com

    By Blogger My3Sons33, At 2:28 PM, December 19, 2010  

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    By Blogger My3Sons33, At 2:32 PM, December 19, 2010  

  • for me to eat healthy during the holidays i drink a glass of water so that i feel full and then i try to only eat a few of the desserts. i really try to eat a few as too much sugar makes me ill. thank you

    denice p

    doozercries at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger doozercries, At 6:07 PM, December 19, 2010  

  • i tweeted here:

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    denice p

    doozercries at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger doozercries, At 6:10 PM, December 19, 2010  

  • I try by making sure I have a good breakfast (oatmeal with raisins and apples fills me up and keeps me going). If I'm baking for gifts, I try to resist making 'one for me', then wrap up whatever I'm baking and put it out of sight!

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

    By Blogger sksweeps, At 6:56 PM, December 19, 2010  

  • I eat a healthy snack before attending any parties, that way I'm not starving when I show up.

    ksgillmore at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger pickledseeds, At 9:07 PM, December 19, 2010  

  • I remind myself every day that the holidays are for family not eating.

    By Blogger idahomom, At 9:34 PM, December 19, 2010  

  • I drink a bottle of water in the car on the way to parties to help me curb my intake!!
    Merry Xmas! Thanks!
    Janna Johnson
    jannajanna@hotmail.com
    janna@feedyourpigblog.com
    www.feedyourpigblog.com

    By Blogger Janna @ Feed Your Pig, At 10:59 PM, December 19, 2010  

  • I stick with the fresh/raw veggies. If I want something sweeter I only take a bite or 2.

    hebert024 at aoldot com

    By OpenID Courtney, At 11:35 PM, December 19, 2010  

  • I will try to drink more water. Limit my portions by filling up on healthy veggies and the like. Eating wheat products will help too.

    hellrzr(at)juno(dot)com

    By Blogger hale2005, At 4:09 AM, December 21, 2010  

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    By Blogger hale2005, At 4:11 AM, December 21, 2010  

  • I eat a bit of everything but only a couple bites of each.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger KPort207, At 8:26 AM, December 21, 2010  

  • I'm not one to pass up a holiday buffet so I try to limit the amount of fattening food I indulge in. I also never accept anything to take home.
    I avoid alcoholic drinks so I don't have to worry about those empth calories.

    By Blogger ellie, At 4:11 PM, December 21, 2010  

  • tweet
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    By Blogger ellie, At 4:12 PM, December 21, 2010  

  • Mini Babybel's are truly the sophisticated cheese on-the-go!!! I keep a Babybel, fruit and water in a small cooler in my car. I'm a "maturing" woman and need the calcium -- Thank you The Laughing Cow and Busy Mom!!!

    By Blogger sewbird, At 10:44 PM, December 21, 2010  

  • I eat more salad and veggies so I dont eat as much of the fattening foods.
    dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

    By Blogger dawns41, At 3:21 PM, December 22, 2010  

  • i try to always leave a couple of bites of whatever i'm eating. that helps me to cut back a little
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

    By Blogger msrodeobrat, At 9:24 PM, December 22, 2010  

  • I love to bake. Fortunately, I work at a place with LOTS of people. I can bring the goodies here and let them enjoy what I've enjoyed making. (I do leave a little bit at home too.)

    By Blogger mickeyfan, At 12:40 PM, December 23, 2010  

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

    By Blogger intime, At 4:29 PM, December 23, 2010  

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

    By Blogger Jennifer M, At 6:30 PM, December 23, 2010  

  • I'm pretty good at controlling my portions. I'm not very successful at skipping the treats altogether though.

    katfam95 at aim dot com

    By OpenID katfam95, At 10:29 AM, December 24, 2010  

  • I try to drink lots of water earlier in the day and eat a salad maybe half an hour before the meal so I'm not tempted to eat a lot. I also have two little boys to chase around, so I'm sure that helps burn calories. ;)

    By Blogger melissity, At 12:30 PM, December 24, 2010  

  • I like the idea of using a small plate at the buffet - I'm going to try that this year!

    By Blogger Susan C., At 1:12 PM, December 24, 2010  

  • I try to only eat what I really want, and not everything given to me. If I stick to my favorites, I eat less than if I sample everything. Thanks! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

    By Blogger Becca, At 3:42 PM, December 24, 2010  

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

    By Blogger Chisum's Crew, At 3:22 PM, December 25, 2010  

  • I drink big glasses of water and and eat fruit and veggies before other treats. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger Julieh, At 6:01 PM, December 25, 2010  

  • I try not to eat late at night, and worry about the calories gained after the holidays. Oh yeah, and I only eat one dessert at a time! :)

    By Blogger tesashel, At 6:23 PM, December 25, 2010  

  • To be honest, I don’t hardly try. Christmas is once a year. I enjoy it and all the treats. I already drink a lot of water, by choice, so I keep doing that during the holidays too and skip the sodas, eggnogs, etc.

    dchrisg3[at]gmail[dot]com

    By Blogger Debbie C, At 11:07 PM, December 25, 2010  

  • Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/DchrisG3/status/18898011476197376

    dchrisg3[at]gmail[dot]com

    By Blogger Debbie C, At 11:17 PM, December 25, 2010  

  • To eat healthy during the holiday season I keep a veggie tray & fruit tray handy for snacking – easy to just grab a small piece of fruit or a few cut veggies! To help manage portions I don’t use large serving spoons – just regular spoons.

    chlorinebrain at sbcglobal dot net

    By Blogger chlorinebrain, At 8:12 AM, December 26, 2010  

  • 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

    teechbiz at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Princess Golden Hair, At 8:40 AM, December 26, 2010  

  • To minimize my holiday indulgences as much as possible, 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 so I can enjoy the food but not in excess!

    By Blogger guettel78, At 10:17 AM, December 26, 2010  

  • I tweeted: http://twitter.com/guettel78/status/19064317500461057

    gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

    By Blogger guettel78, At 10:17 AM, December 26, 2010  

  • I eat small portions of things I LOVE - and try to limit the rest of the temptations. I also keep minty gum handy - so I can pop in a piece when I'm full and not be tempted to keep grazing!
    wilburnnewsome atyahoodotcom

    By Blogger Giant Sis, At 10:45 AM, December 26, 2010  

  • I eat a healthy meal before I leave home, so I don't eat so much at the party. And drink lots of water while I'm there.
    susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

    By Blogger susitravl, At 3:31 PM, December 26, 2010  

  • I eat a healthy meal at home before I go to any holiday party. This keeps me fuller and less likely to eat the bad stuff.

    By Blogger Erica C., At 3:43 PM, December 26, 2010  

  • 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!

    By Blogger iggysaysno, At 4:34 PM, December 26, 2010  

  • 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.

    By Blogger Deb, At 9:14 PM, December 26, 2010  

  • 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.

    shel704 at aol dot com

    By Blogger Shel, At 10:56 PM, December 26, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/19255321587359746

    shel704 at aol dot com

    By Blogger Shel, At 10:56 PM, December 26, 2010  

  • I tend to keep the snacks at a minimum at home, it's more of an "out of sight, out of mind" in my house!
    pauline15_01 at hotmail dot com

    By Blogger pauline15, At 11:33 PM, December 26, 2010  

  • Whenever I bake stuff over the holidays, I take everything I make to a potluck or work. That way I get to eat a couple bites, but not all of it. Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

    By Blogger simone/ thebubbledies, At 10:18 AM, December 27, 2010  

  • I try to fill up on fresh fruits & veggies before going for the rich, calorie & fat heavy dishes

    gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

    By Blogger pixie13, At 12:14 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • tweet
    http://twitter.com/pixie13sweeps/status/19455711066984448

    gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

    By Blogger pixie13, At 12:14 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • Do not pick and snack at the ingredients while you cook! Those calories add up!

    By Blogger Teegan Briggs, At 12:36 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • I drink tons of water to help fill me up. At parties I sit away from the food to avoid temptation

    rugerpuppies at hotmail dot com

    By Blogger snowluvnferret, At 2:20 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • I try and choose the treats that I really want and try to ignore the rest. I also exercise more this month so I can indulge and not feel too guilty.

    By Blogger Nancy, At 3:38 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • My tweet: http://twitter.com/njhhb/statuses/19507578799128576

    By Blogger Nancy, At 3:39 PM, December 27, 2010  

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

    sweepyhead at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Valeen, At 4:06 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • 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.

    scoopster(nospam)at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger Racingjourno, At 4:32 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • I sneak vegetable purees into my food to amp up the nutritional value!

    kiwidragon117 at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger cennywenny, At 4:36 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • I eat more in the winter, however, I do try to make better food choices. I mainly practice a vegan diet. msmith572@yahoo.com

    By Blogger Lisa, At 4:43 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • Tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/19524618133962752

    msmith572@yahoo.com

    By Blogger Lisa, At 4:47 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • Blogged: http://insanityisforthelame.blogspot.com/2010/12/busy-mom.html

    msmith572@yahoo.com

    By Blogger Lisa, At 4:48 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/dtpham504/status/19526332023046144

    By Blogger Duy, At 4:56 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • Hm, how to eat healthy. I always cheat my diet during holidays but somehow I still provide a good portion to eat. Some advices for me is, not to eat at all! Just kidding, who doesn't love food. One advice can be invite tons of people and buy hand eating food which makes you walk around more instead of carrying a plate and sitting down. Another advice can be spend all your money on gifts that you go dead broke and have to afford 1 hotdog per your family (5 members) =P. But in reality, I think buying health books and watching shows that counts the calories is the way to do it. Watching some of these shows tell you how much food you can consume in such little calories. Like a whole cornish hen is the same calorie of like 5 pieces of Mcdonald's chicken nugget. I was surprised how much this made me lose weight during a holiday. Also, give Santa the leftovers, dude ate all my cookies. In which at night when I crave something, I am too lazy because I got nothing. Try to hook a brother (Santa) up when he be riding that sleigh.

    By Blogger Duy, At 5:03 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • Use a smaller plate when dishing up your food - you will automatically take a smaller portion :)
    janicecrespo@gmail.com

    By Blogger Janice Crespo, At 5:44 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • Would love to win!!!

    By Blogger dhunt, At 6:09 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • I just eat what I'd like and exercise a little more if I ate more than normal. Holidays aren't the time for calorie-counting! :)

    kaleidoscopequeen at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Claire, At 7:08 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • If I'm on a diet I just socialize and drink non-calorie drinks. I eat a bit, but I try to remind myself that eating isn't why I'm here.

    If I'm not on a diet, I just take a few things and socialize. I do have a weight problem and try to remember to not eat anything that isn't absolutely unique.

    By Blogger Randominities, At 7:23 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • I participate in a cookie exchange so that my family gets a variety and I don't get fat making and testing all the cookies.
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

    By Blogger Chip, At 9:23 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/chipdip2010/status/19594241671958529
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

    By Blogger Chip, At 9:23 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • I just try to eat veggies when I get hungry. I tend to want to eat the goodies and snacking while baking is a major problem for me. I try to keep veggies like broccoli and carrots around to snack on when I want something. Doesn't always work but I do try to do it.
    brewerchickey78@yahoo.com

    By Blogger makeetis, At 10:12 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • I try to have small portions and eat slowly, savoring each bite. I also try to sneak in any extra exercise such as parking further away or taking the stairs.

    By Blogger heatherzilla, At 11:02 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • Honestly I dont bother during the holidays, I only try to drink more water
    sweokgrl@gmail.com

    By Blogger bdiane34, At 11:05 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • my tweet
    sweokgrl@gmail.com
    http://twitter.com/bdiane34/status/19620339956850688

    By Blogger bdiane34, At 11:07 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/heatherzilla8/status/19619426869452800

    By Blogger heatherzilla, At 11:08 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • I get just a bite of each dish on the dinner table or buffet. Then I eat slowly. By the time I'm finished with my plate, I'm full. In the old days, I would be overly full and trying to stuff myself to finish everything on the plate.

    By Blogger Auriette, At 11:10 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • Small frequent meals to make sure I am never hungry

    By Blogger Theresa C, At 11:24 PM, December 27, 2010  

  • I try to choose just a few of my favorite party foods to try and then I fill the rest of my plate with healthier options.

    nesta 67 {at} live dot com

    By Blogger Jinxy and Me, At 12:00 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • tweet http://twitter.com/#!/LuckyJinxy/status/19632940346511360

    By Blogger Jinxy and Me, At 12:00 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • I BELIEVE IN EATING SMALLER PORTIONS & SLOWLY SO WHEN YOUR FULL, YOUR FULL! kytah00@yahoo.com

    By Blogger Angel Jacklyn, At 12:15 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • TWITTERED ALSO http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/19637373809729537 kytah00@yahoo.com

    By Blogger Angel Jacklyn, At 12:16 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • 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!

    mickeycoutts at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger Mickey, At 12:46 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • I tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/mickeycoutts/status/19645134375227392

    mickeycoutts at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger Mickey, At 12:46 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • I try and cut down on socdas

    By Blogger Saoder, At 1:11 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • Awesome blog and thanks for the giveaway!
    Would love, love, LOVE to win this!
    Happy New Year!
    =]

    By Blogger iplaytrack1224, At 1:22 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • Try to keep in your head you'll pay for this later and just stick to a sandwich or 2 and drink

    By Blogger Valancia, At 4:47 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • i use a smaller plate and dont go back for seconds. sometimes i eat a healthy snack before a party so i am not starving and not tempted.

    ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

    By Blogger ferriz, At 4:51 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • 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. I still do but only have nibbles which is fine.
    april dot vrugtman at gmail dot com

    By Blogger April, At 5:36 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • My best strategy is to have a little and not a lot. I love to bake and love to eat, so I allow myself to eat a little of everything. This way I do not have that feeling of having deprived myself and also that feeling of pride of controlling my love of sweets.

    By Blogger Laura, At 5:48 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • 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!
    lstanziani(at)yahoo(dot)com

    By Blogger Leslie S., At 9:05 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • 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.

    cgclynsg0 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger clynsg, At 9:39 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • Walk around at the buffet with a plate of food, nibble a little but do not really eat anything.

    By Blogger Deci, At 10:43 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • tweet http://twitter.com/#!/paints12/status/19795780642537472

    By Blogger Deci, At 10:44 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • Let's be honest..I eat everything that's handed to me.........

    By Blogger Becky, At 10:54 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • I just try a bite of everything

    By Blogger demmi, At 11:56 AM, December 28, 2010  

  • Its the holidays, so I enjoy myself. I'm not going to miss out on the enjoyment because of vanity.

    By Blogger Denise S., At 12:33 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • 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.

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    By Blogger PauleyD, At 12:37 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/19823942659219457

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    By Blogger PauleyD, At 12:37 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • I fill up on water and limit the portion size of what I eat.
    pbjmama(at)gmail(dot)com

    By Blogger Felicia K., At 12:55 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • When I go to a holiday buffet I always try a tiny portion of everything. If I skip something decadent I'll be unhappy about it and probably over indulge in something else. Might as well have it when I want it.

    By Blogger Betty C, At 2:13 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • Tweet - http://twitter.com/willitara/status/19847697489985536

    By Blogger Betty C, At 2:13 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • I eat the rich foods in moderation

    itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

    By Blogger Its Just Me, At 2:19 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • tweet

    http://twitter.com/MistySunrise/status/19850093750386688

    itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

    By Blogger Its Just Me, At 2:20 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • I keep fresh fruit and veggies on hand. When we go to a party we always have an snack at home first
    so we are not very hungry at the party. We take a long walk every night with our dog. It is good for
    all of us.
    Thanks so much
    Cathy Truman
    kbtruman(at)aol(dot)com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 2:32 PM, December 28, 2010  

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

    ocamcaro {dot} gmail {dot} com

    By Anonymous Olga A, At 2:58 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • i try to eat more salads!!!

    By Blogger Trisha D., At 3:02 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • I have to live low carb to feel well so I just do. I don't bake ever except for birthdays and don't keep sweet prepared things in the house. If we have a birthday I will make a cake for my family and will have some, but otherwise I, and the rest of us, eat our normal diet.
    spencer1953 at gmail dot com.

    By Blogger carolpie, At 3:05 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • don't do seconds. that is always a killer!!

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

    By Blogger Shooting Stars Mag, At 3:06 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • I tweeted http://twitter.com/dresdenrain/status/19861898287648768

    By Blogger carolpie, At 3:07 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • I bake it and hand it over to my husband as quickly as possible. He is the delivery guy at our house. That way I can bake for everyone but it's out of here as quickly as possible.

    By Blogger miriama, At 3:56 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/miriama59/status/19874586128551936

    By Blogger miriama, At 3:57 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • I say no to desserts and yes to raw veggies!
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

    By Blogger amyd, At 5:04 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • Don't deny myself anything, just a little nibble usually will give me my fix during the holidays. Holding a glass of water at parties and events helps too.

    By Blogger KatM21, At 5:18 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • I had to stop doing holiday baking, cause i'd lose my will power. i drink a glass of water before each meal and never let myself get to the point where I feel really hungry. If I get real hungry, I can't stop eating especially food with sugar.

    By Blogger Diane52, At 5:32 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • I seem to have no problem if I have guests or am the invited guest of other. At such time I eat like a dainty princess, but I have not figured out how to stop eating like a piggy when home alone.

    By Blogger shiloh, At 5:50 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • 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.

    By Blogger elango, At 6:11 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • I tweeted about this giveaway. http://twitter.com/elangomatt/statuses/19908382332821504

    By Blogger elango, At 6:12 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • I try to avoid the sweets, and stick to the fresh fruit and veggies - then I don't worry about the portions! For any of the “bad” foods I indulge in, I limit portions to no more than a 1/2 cup. I actually have a 1/2 cup measuring cup in my purse that I've had in there for awhile now, so I can eyeball it pretty accurately.

    By Blogger ~dab, At 7:20 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • tweet http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/19925722365689856

    By Blogger ~dab, At 7:20 PM, December 28, 2010  

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

    txhottie_86 at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger Suz, At 7:22 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • I don't bother to limit myself during the holidays. I have 11 1/2 months to be saint about eating.

    By Blogger tallcapp, At 7:28 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • Small portions no junk food or cheeses... fruits and veggies and no fried foods.plus lots of water

    By OpenID madreblair, At 7:48 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/#!/madreblair/status/19932225847955456

    By OpenID madreblair, At 7:48 PM, December 28, 2010  

  • blogged: http://slehan.blogspot.com/2010/12/win-150-from-blogher-laughing-cow.html

    By Blogger slehan, At 7:55 PM, December 28, 2010  

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