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5 Tips to Surviving the Holiday Party Buffet without Getting Fat

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Holiday party buffets are the stuff of nightmares for people who are working hard to stick to a healthful eating plan. But they don’t need to be! Here are five simple tricks to keep in mind as you head to your next holiday party. By following these simple tips from Guiding Stars Scientific Advisor, Kit Broihier, you won’t feel like you’ve overindulged or deprived yourself at the festivities!

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  • Prime Yourself with Protein 1 of 5
    Prime Yourself with Protein
    We've all heard the advice about not going to a party totally famished, but what exactly should you eat before setting out to the soiree? Short answer: protein. Why? Protein is filling and provides actual nourishment--a smart move before your faced with the dessert table. TRY THIS: sliced turkey breast rolled around a pickle, low-fat yogurt and a handful of nuts, a hard-boiled egg and a piece of low-fat string cheese (Photo: sxc.hu)
  • Have a Drink…of Water 2 of 5
    Have a Drink…of Water
    Yes, water helps keep you feeling full, but it also hydrates you. Between heated rooms, dry air, and alcoholic beverages, lots of us are dehydrated during the winter and don't realize it. So before you head to the party, drink a full glass of water. TRY THIS: At the party, alternate each alcoholic drink with a glass of water or seltzer (toss a wedge of lime or other suitable garnish into your glass to make it more festive. (photo: sxc.hu)
  • Survey the Scene 3 of 5
    Survey the Scene
    Take a quick walk around the buffet table and peruse the offerings. Your goal is to choose a pleasing selection of special foods that are also on the healthful side of the holiday eating equation. Pulling a "little bit of everything" onto your plate as you make your way through the line is not a sensible strategy. ..it often leads to an overfilled plate and an overstuffed you. TRY THIS: Find a nice place away from the buffet table where you can hang out and chat with people, or better yet, mingle and move around. (photo: sxc.hu)
  • Make a Plan 4 of 5
    Make a Plan
    Choosing foods that you don't normally get any other time of the year is smart. Do you really need more chips and onion dip in your life? Save your calories for those things that are special, ones that you wait all year to have. It's a matter of planning to make each calorie count, and getting the most satisfaction out of your choices. TRY THIS: Instead of snack mix, choose homemade spiced nuts. Instead of chocolate chip cookies, choose gingerbread. Instead of beer, choose champagne. (photo: sxc.hu)
  • Downsize the Dinnerware 5 of 5
    Downsize the Dinnerware
    Research shows that eating from smaller plates and bowls does help us eat less food overall. TRY THIS: Ditch the dinner plate and reach for an appetizer or dessert plate instead. Or try choosing a straight-sided glass, which can actually cut the amount of alcohol consumed down by 60%. (photo: sxc.hu)

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