Enjoy the holidays without expanding your waist

Visions of sugar plums may dance in your head throughout the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean they should take a spin on your plate at every gathering.

Bernadette Latson, a clinical dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the age-old advice of moderation still rings true.

“Choose only the foods you really want to eat and keep your portions small,” Ms. Latson says. “You can also prevent unconscious nibbling by socializing away from the kitchen or buffet tables.”

Ms. Latson says that eating a small, low-fat snack such as popcorn or a piece of fruit before you head out the door can keep you from immediately rushing the buffet table. Another tip, she says, is to cut your first serving in half so you can enjoy a second helping without needing to unbuckle your belt.

Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/nutrition to learn more about clinical services in nutrition at UT Southwestern.

Media Contact: Kristen Holland Shear

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