A Dietitian's Advice: Getting Ready for the Eating Season

Get some good eating habits now to avoid holiday disasters.
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A Dietitian’s Advice: Getting Ready for the Eating Season

Get some good eating habits now to avoid holiday disasters.

-Jane Farrell

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Most of us think of Thanksgiving as the official beginning of the holiday eating season. From that tempting Thursday, right through New Year’s, we’re confronted by more cake, cookies, candy and cocktails than we see the entire rest of the year. And don’t forget the meat, mashed potatoes and all the creamed side dishes you can handle. No wonder we end up gaining a few pounds.

Estimates of how much weight people put on during the holidays vary from one to 12 pounds. But even if your weight gain is at the lower end of that spectrum, pounds added during the holidays tend to stay on permanently. So instead of waiting until the eating season starts, why not begin some good eating habits right now?

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These smart strategies, suggested by Dena McDowell, M.S., R.D., a nutritional expert for the national weight-management organization TOPS, are good for a pre-Thanksgiving plan as well as a holiday dinner:


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