Healthy holiday-eating strategies

Photo by: James Merrell
The Strategy: Bring Your Own Food-
Contribute a healthy dish to a gathering to ensure there’s something you can indulge in.
Your Guide to the Healthiest Party Food Choices... more 
Photo by: James Merrell
The Strategy: Bring Your Own Food-
Contribute a healthy dish to a gathering to ensure there’s something you can indulge in.
Your Guide to the Healthiest Party Food Choices

Tricks to Try:

Eat the best-for-you offerings first. For example, hot soup as a first course―especially when it's broth-based, not cream-based―can help you avoid eating too much during the main course.

Stand more than an arm's length away from munchies, like a bowl of nuts or chips, while you chat so you're not tempted to raise your hand to your mouth every few seconds.

Concentrate on your meal while you're eating it. Focus on chewing your food well and enjoying the smell, taste, and texture of each item. Research shows that mealtime multitasking (whether at home or at a party) can make you pop mindless calories into your mouth. Of course, dinner-party conversation is only natural, but try to set your food down until you're finished chatting so you are more aware of what you're taking in. less 
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Tue, Nov 8, 2011 6:14 PM EST
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