You can try and sit there and eat as much as your relatives or you can do everything in moderation and still look banging once Summer comes around.
The only reason why I preach this is because it's unhealthy to eat alot. Obesity is at an all time high and you should be eating clean and healthy.
Eating half a cup of gravy on your 1 pound of mashed potatoes with a huge slab of turkey isn't exactly the healthiest thing in the world. You're right, it's not deep fried chicken, but you can bet your bottom dollar that you can definitely pack the pounds eating this way for a few days in a row.
Anyways, this article is called "The Ten Commandments of Holiday Weight Control" and I am sure you can find alot more tips and little tricks on the Good Housekeeping website.
1. Be Prepared to Face Temptation Head-On
3. Honour Thy Need for Sweets
7. Thou Shalt Keep Thy Body Properly Hydrated
Salty holiday foods, pressurized airplane cabinets, and forced-air heat dry you out. Skip the soda and juice (which are loaded with calories) and go for good old H20.
Bake plain sweet potatoes and forgo the butter. Substitute whole milk for skim, half-and-half for heavy cream in soups and bisques, and nonfat sour cream for dips. Try low-fat broth instead of fat-based mixtures for basting meats. Use chopped vegetables (onions, celery, carrots, fennel) instead of butter or sausage to moisten stuffing; cook it outside the bird.
9. Thou Shalt Always Include a Steamed Vegetable at Holiday Meals
Even if it is just for you (though I'll bet many of your guests will have some too), steam a big head of broccoli or cauliflower. Green beans are great too, as are baby carrots, which fill you up.
10. Thou Shalt Not Hoard Leftovers
Keep the meat, the baked sweet potatoes, the veggies and the salad. Send the high-calorie goodies home with guests or give them to a homeless shelter.
Four Plan Ahead Tricks
The key to holiday weight control is having a strategy.
Don't get caught up in the holiday frenzy. If there are too many parties, decline a few. If all the shopping stress is causing you to overeat, talk to your family about ways to make this year less chaotic. The more open and honest you are with yourself and with family and friends, the more smoothly you'll sail through all the temptations of the season.
There you go, a few tips for you to survive the battle of the bulge over the holidays! :)
Once again, these tips are all from Good Housekeeping and I beleive all Images were used by MSN Canada.