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Healthy Holiday Eating 

The holidays can challenge your healthy eating plans. Weekend parties, holiday meals with friends and families and gifts of food can tempt you throughout the season.

Consistency, moderation and never giving up are key. Try these tips for sticking with your weight loss plan throughout the holidays.

  • At a buffet, fill half your plate with veggies, a quarter with a starch such as baked potato and a quarter with lean meat or fish. Choose fruit for dessert.
  • Watch out for oversized plates. Your plate should be 9 inches across.
  • Bring a dish to a potluck that you know you can enjoy.
  • If you drink alcohol, limit it to one drink a day for women and two for men. Calorie counts vary widely among types of alcohol and mixers, so choose low-calorie options.
  • Don't let your fitness routine slide. If you are pressed for time during the holidays, look for opportunities to walk.

If you overdo it and double up on dessert one day, don't beat yourself up. Just start fresh the next day. Everyday is a new beginning for healthy living.

If you need a referral to a physician on the Baylor Irving medical staff, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or search online.