Avoid Tasty Temptations to Have a Healthy Holiday

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Dr. Oz, from The Dr. Oz Show, is Oprah Winfrey's top doc! The vice-chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University, who was the featured health expert on her show for five years, now offers up his top-notch health advice to stay germ-free during hectic holiday travel.

Holiday parties are all fun and games — until you get to the food table.

One of the best options to maintain nice — not naughty! — nutrition while at party is to prep before you go. For instance, you can always offer to bring something. This gives you an easy, healthy option and makes you an even better party guest!

Take a moment once you're at the event to look around and see what your options are before diving into the first thing you see. Don't feel the need to eat foods as they are presented.  It's fine to just nibble on the meat in a finger-sandwich and avoid breads and spreads like mayonnaise.

If you are really excited about the dip, take a spoonful and try it on its own. Don't feel the need to take the chips, which introduces more salt and creates a more intense craving. You can also substitute chips for vegetables that you can use with your dip.

The easiest way to avoid the fatty foods is to physically avoid them!

Take steps to stop from making food your focus. Find a place to sit or talk that's not right next to the buffet line. Also, try to be present in conversation and really listen to others.

Another tip? Always have one hand free — have a drink in your hand, like a club soda with a lime. This can help you avoid feeling empty-handed and even make it more difficult to reach for food, since you've already got one hand tied up.

For more holiday nutrition tips, tune into The Dr. Oz Show. Yesterday's show featured Elisabeth Hasselbeck talking about celiac disease and her gluten-free diet, so check local listings to find out when his talk show airs near you today!

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