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Indiana Dietician Says 'Eat, Drink & Be Merry' Without Weight Gain

December 20, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS - With the holidays upon us, so are the temptations that promise to pack on the pounds. However, an Indianapolis registered dietitian and restaurant nutrition consultant says that, with a few easy steps, you can maintain and not gain this time of year.

Kim Galeaz says it comes down moderation, not deprivation.

"Nothing is off limits. I want you to savor and enjoy all the wonderful delicacies over the holiday season, but you do need to strategize and say, 'I'm gonna enjoy them but I'm really going to practice portion control.'"

Galeaz says one way to help from overeating is to make sure you eat all meals, breakfast included, so your system doesn't feel starved. And she warns: be careful of all the extra calories in holiday beverages like eggnog.

She says to let yourself indulge; just don't overdo it.

"Give yourself permission to enjoy the holiday foods. But you also need to plan and compensate at your other meals. You need to watch portion control with everything, if possible, and, the other thing I didn't mention, you need to get moving more."

Galeaz says not to let family and friends pressure you into eating more if you're trying to moderate.

"We need to come to terms with food. We need to not think of food as the enemy. We need to enjoy those things. Realize that you're in control and if you want to take a small sample of something, even though somebody's encouraging you to eat more, you can say, 'No, this is all I would like.'"

The American Heart Association has tips, tools and recipes to help you stay healthy over the holidays, online at heart.org

Leigh DeNoon, Public News Service - IN