The holidays are almost here, and temptation is everywhere. Try these tips for enjoyingnthe foods of the season while keeping your healthy food plan in mind. (Most of the time, anyway!)

Only purchase food items you intend to eat in the near future. Don’t fill your pantry with holiday treats long before the holidays. It is better to avoid the temptation. (Remember the saga of the Halloween candy you purchased in late September “to save”?)

Allow yourself to enjoy your favorite holiday foods on the actual holidays. Avoid eating these treats on “regular” days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This way your 2015 resolutions list will be made simpler.

Plan ahead for handling tempting buffets. Look at all the foods and choose those you really want, while maintaining reasonable portions. Sometimes a small taste can satisfy your craving.

Source: University of Michigan Health System

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