How to avoid overindulging during holidays

It’s only a week until Christmas, a prime period for holiday parties. It also likely will be a week of dealing with all the extra food and sweets that will be available for the holidays and beyond.

There are steps that can be taken now to mitigate the damage that might be done during the holiday period, the Marshfield Clinic advises.

Its tips include:

•Don’t skip meals. Before heading to a party or shopping, eat a light snack such as raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite;

•Survey buffets before filling your plate. Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite. Keep your plate balanced and make sure half your plate is fruits and vegetables.

•Eat until satisfied, not stuffed.

•Bring your own healthy dish to a holiday gathering.

•Be careful with beverages. Alcohol can lesson inhibitions and induce cravings. Non-alcoholic beverages can be loaded with sugar and calories and will not fill you up.

•Plan time to exercise, which relieves holiday stress and prevent extra weight gain. Plan activities with family and friends that aren’t about food.

Daily News (Iron Mountain)