By Mayo Clinic News Network

Mayo Clinic News Network

Holidays are usually enjoyable, but unhealthy habits can be attached to the parties and gatherings. Here are some tips from Allie Wergin, registered dietitian nutritionist at Mayo Clinic Health System, to help you have a healthier holiday:

• Don’t skip meals. Skipping a meal with the goal of saving calories prior to a holiday event can often backfire and lead to overeating due to ravenous feelings of hunger.

• Contribute a healthy dish. Ensure at least one nutritious choice is available at potlucks by contributing a healthy dish.

• Choose your splurges. Scan the buffet or dinner table and choose a couple holiday favorites to splurge on instead of foods that you can have any other day of the year.

• Think color. Make a plate look festive by including fruits and veggies. Aim to cover half the plate.

• Choose drinks wisely. Stick to calorie-free drinks, such as water, tea or seltzer, instead of high-calorie festive drinks.

• Visit the people, not the food. Move socializing away from the buffet or appetizer table to prevent mindless eating.

— Mayo Clinic News Network

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