Six ways to enjoy holiday foods without overdoing it

Posted at 9:41 PM, Dec 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-18 21:41:13-05

(CBS) - It seems the holiday season was made for fatty foods. Many people will soon be gathering with friends and family, eating cookies cakes and pies.

But there are ways you can enjoy some seasonal foods without overdoing it.

Dietician Robin Kaiden suggests:

1 At the buffet, steer clear of foods loaded with cream, butter and gravy. 

2 . Don't have a little bite of every food. Just have a couple of your favorites.

3. Some nutritionists recommend eating a handful of nuts or half a banana before going to a holiday party in order to avoid more tempting foods when you get there.

 4. Also  don't skip meals-  thinking you'll save all your calories for the big party.

5. Don`t start your celebrating with alcohol. Alcohol limits your inhibitions.

 6. Don't beat yourself up if you have one bad night; just try to be healthy the next day.