Holiday Meals Do Not Have to Mean Overeating

Information produced by the American Dietetic Association

Holiday gatherings mean special people, special foods and lots of temptation to indulge. But you can keep everything under control with a plan.

  • Start your day with a small meal that includes whole grains, fruit, dairy foods and protein like eggs, ham or peanut butter.
  • Have smaller snacks throughout the day, saving most of your calories for the main meal.
  • Don't starve yourself beforehand. The longer you go without eating, the more you eat when you sit down.
  • Select carefully foods you definitely will eat, those you will sample and those you will skip.
  • Enjoy yourself. Pace your eating and spend more time visiting with family and friends.

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