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     The Fall/ Winter holiday season is upon us. You are trying behave, be sensible and, let's be blunt...trying to be thinner than you were. So, how in the world are you going to make it through the next couple of months? Slow down. Take a deep, cleansing breath. Let's talk about it.
1. You're invited to the boss' house for a cocktail party. What do you do before you go besides pressing that LBD and making sure your fishnets don't have holes?
     Look up on WW or a calorie counting/ dieting website for points, calorie count, fat content and carb amounts of possible nibbles. Figure out ahead of time what to gravitate toward and what to avoid. Remember that veggies and fruit, sans dip, are your best friends.  
     Sugary cocktails have hidden calories. If you decide to have one, follow it up with a tall glass of iced water, not another cocktail.
     Think about having a snack beforehand, like a salad or a piece of lean protein. You don't want to arrive ravenous and suck down the entire buffet. How embarrassing would that be?
2.  You're having dinner at a restaurant with out of town guests. What will you eat?
     Before departing, check online to see if the restaurant has nutritional info on their website for the food they serve. For example, Weight Watchers online has a listing of many restaurants and the menu items. The points are calculated for your convenience and success.
     Choose what you're going to order before you get there. Everyone will be impressed by your decisiveness and knowledge of the menu. You will be proud of your own resolve to be healthier.

3. You're hosting the entire free world Fam for a holiday brunch. They've requested your famous sticky-buns. You've been diligent in controlling the size of another pair of buns... What will you prepare?
     Try a few sensible things, like a fruit tray, bite-sized fritattas, homemade muffins without added fat, boiled shrimp, fresh veggies, and turkey bacon. 
     Skip the sticky buns unless you think there will be a lynching. Yours. Then just plan ahead. Indulge in a bite or two, if you must. Fill up on healthy foods first, so you won't be starving and forget to think!
Good Luck. Wishing you a happy, healthy holiday season.

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