10 Holiday Eating Strategies

PHOTO: Switch out of holiday mode as soon as the partys over; dont turn Thanksgiving through New Years into one long binge.
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Ghosts of binges past can turn you into a food Scrooge, dodging holiday celebrations to avoid the fattening feasts that go with them.

The Best Time to Indulge

"Holidays are for connecting with family and friends," says Christine M. Palumbo, RD, the Illinois chair of delegates for the American Dietetic Association. "Unfortunately, most events come with food attached."

Follow her diet tips to make merry without adding a pound.

10 Holiday Eating Strategies

Rule #1

Scan the buffet for shrimp with cocktail sauce—virtually fat-free and high in protein, iron, and the antioxidant lycopene.

10 Holiday Eating Strategies

Rule #2

Switch out of holiday mode as soon as the party's over; don't turn Thanksgiving through New Year's into one long binge.

10 Holiday Eating Strategies

Rule #3

Switch out of holiday mode as soon as the party's over; don't turn Thanksgiving through New Year's into one long binge. Save calories for only new, interesting foods; have one taste of each.

10 Holiday Eating Strategies

Rule #4

Switch out of holiday mode as soon as the party's over; don't turn Thanksgiving through New Year's into one long binge. Save calories for only new, interesting foods; have one taste of each. Take your camera and be the designated photographer; you can't eat while snapping wriggling kids.

10 Holiday Eating Strategies

Rule #5

Switch out of holiday mode as soon as the party's over; don't turn Thanksgiving through New Year's into one long binge. Save calories for only new, interesting foods; have one taste of each. Take your camera and be the designated photographer; you can't eat while snapping wriggling kids.Indulge in a single serving of your favorite holiday treat at a restaurant with a friend instead of testing your diet willpower by keeping it around the house.

10 Holiday Eating Strategies

Rule #6

Switch out of holiday mode as soon as the party's over; don't turn Thanksgiving through New Year's into one long binge. Save calories for only new, interesting foods; have one taste of each. Take your camera and be the designated photographer; you can't eat while snapping wriggling kids.Alternate alcoholic drinks with diet-friendly calorie-free sparkling water.

10 Holiday Eating Strategies

Rule #7

Switch out of holiday mode as soon as the party's over; don't turn Thanksgiving through New Year's into one long binge. Save calories for only new, interesting foods; have one taste of each. Take your camera and be the designated photographer; you can't eat while snapping wriggling kids.Destroy the plate. If you've had enough to eat but others are still picking, dump salt over any food you have left.

10 Holiday Eating Strategies

Rule #8

Switch out of holiday mode as soon as the party's over; don't turn Thanksgiving through New Year's into one long binge. Save calories for only new, interesting foods; have one taste of each. Take your camera and be the designated photographer; you can't eat while snapping wriggling kids. Brush up your small talk; talking slows down eating.

10 Holiday Eating Strategies

Rule #9

Switch out of holiday mode as soon as the party's over; don't turn Thanksgiving through New Year's into one long binge. Save calories for only new, interesting foods; have one taste of each. Take your camera and be the designated photographer; you can't eat while snapping wriggling kids. Don't arrive at the holiday party starving; the fat in an ounce of nuts and the protein in a glass of skim milk will blunt your appetite, diet studies show.

10 Holiday Eating Strategies

Rule #10

Switch out of holiday mode as soon as the party's over; don't turn Thanksgiving through New Year's into one long binge. Save calories for only new, interesting foods; have one taste of each. Take your camera and be the designated photographer; you can't eat while snapping wriggling kids. Avoid feeling deprived and food-distracted all evening long—allow yourself one dessert or holiday truffle per event.

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