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Nashville nutritionist offers healthy holiday eating tips

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

'Tis the season to over indulge.  Cookies, treats and bonbons are tempting us around every corner but you can still stay healthy this holiday season, according to registered dietitian Sarah-Jane Bedwell.

Bedwell advises party-goers to "eat first and party second."

She says people often "save" their appetite for a party by not eating throughout the day.

The common mistake slows down the metabolism and often causes you to over eat foods that are less nutritious.

Eating healthy meals throughout the day and then eating a small snack composed of carbohydrates and protein, like an apple with a piece of string cheese, will help keep your metabolism up and your party food cravings at bay.

Bedwell also offers the following tips:

Choose your favorites
When you first get to the party, take time to look over the spread of foods and pick out your two favorites. Enjoy a reasonable portion of those two items, and then put down your plate so you won't be tempted to eat more just because it's in front of you. And don't forget, you can always give others the gift of a healthy choice by bringing a nutritious snack to the party. Sliced star fruit is a festive alternative to the traditional Christmas cookie.

The best things come in small packages
When you get ready to go through the buffet line, choose the smallest plate available. A recent study showed that people often incorrectly estimate portion sizes of wedge-shaped foods, such as party-favorites like pizza, quesadillas, cake and pie. Choosing a small plate will better help you understand the portion size you are eating, and help you satisfied with that portion.

'Tis better to give than to receive
At the end of the party, when it's time to pack up the leftovers, instead of stocking your pantry with loads of fudge and party mix, give it away! You can make take-a-way trays for each guest and give everyone a small portion of each leftover to take with them. Better yet, take a plate to the shut-in neighbor down the street. You will experience the joy of giving without letting any food go to waste (or waist).

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