MYTHS About Holiday Eating

Every year Americans approach the holidays with thoughts of food, whether it’s looking forward to favorite holiday foods, or obsessing about how to weather enormous festive meals and avoid weight gain. This is the season for temptations, but it’s okay to indulge sensibly with these strategies:

Don’t eat everything. Discriminate and go for foods that are specific to the holidays and worth the indulgence. Decide what you will eat before you fill your plate. Give the buffet a once-over before digging in.

Watch your portions. Eat a small amount that tastes good and walk away feeling satisfied.

Stay active. Physical activity will burn calories and help manage holiday stress. If you end up overindulging, remember shame doesn’t motivate.

If you recognize that you ate too much, be kind to yourself and remember that anything gained can be lost.

"An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day." - Irv Kupcinet