Most people are probably going to be surrounded by food during the holiday season, which makes this time of year a challenge for those people trying to stick to a healthy diet.
Univera Healthcare officials have some simple ideas to help keep people focused on good eating habits.
"Before you go to a party, have a small, healthy snack such as an apple or a handful of raisins and nuts," said Dr. Richard Vienne, Univera Healthcare vice president and chief medical officer. "If you are hungry when you get to the event, your willpower will go out the window."
Bring a healthy dish to the party for everyone to enjoy, such as vegetables and low-fat dip, sliced fruit or black bean dip with baked tortillas.
At parties, consider the choices on the table first, and then decide what to take.
"Move away from the table, walk around and mingle. If you stay next to the food, you are more likely to overeat," Vienne said. "Conversation is calorie-free!"
By focusing on portion size and being aware of what people are eating, people be able to enjoy the traditional foods that are offered this time of year.