ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Pharoah's Wine Jar Yields Medicinal Secrets
ANIMAL CARE
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Beware of Dog Bites
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Put Your Best Foot Forward Next Year
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
Varicose, Spider Veins May Be Inevitable for Some
CANCER
Family History Key Player in Brain Cancer Risk
Healthy Behaviors Slow Functional Decline After Cancer
Poor Women Seem to Be Skipping Breast Cancer Drugs
CAREGIVING
Hispanic Children More Likely to Have Hearing Loss
Transition From Home to Hospital Rarely Seamless
Hospital Practices Influence Which Moms Will Breast-Feed
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
DIABETES
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating Free Range
Even in 'Last Supper,' Portion Sizes Have Grown
Trans Fat Labeling Gets Tricky
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
1976 Italian Dioxin Release Damaged Babies' Thyroids
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
Exposure to 9/11 Fumes Tied to Chronic Headaches
EYE CARE, VISION
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked
FITNESS
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Go To Work But Skip The Car
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
More Single Women Are Having Babies
Be Healthy, Spend Less
Man Dies of Brain Inflammation Caused by Deer Tick Virus
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Music May Temper Pain in Preemies
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
MEN'S HEALTH
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
MENTAL HEALTH
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
SENIORS
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
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Go Healthy, Not Hungry for Holiday Eating

(HealthDay News) -- The holiday season means you'll be faced with a seemingly endless buffet of food temptation. While some people simply give in and eat too much, others deny themselves any holiday treats.

But there are ways to navigate between overindulgence and deprivation, according to Julie Redfern, manager of Nutrition Consult Services at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She offers the following advice:

* Eat a light snack before you go to a holiday party. That will prevent you from arriving hungry and overeating or gobbling down foods high in calories and saturated fat.
* When you're invited to a party, offer to bring a healthy food dish.
* Research how you can use healthy ingredients in your favorite holiday recipes. For example, using 1 percent milk instead of whole milk and cream in a traditional eggnog recipe can save almost 200 calories and 20 grams of fat per serving.
* Wear tight clothes, such as form-fitting slacks, to holiday events. People who wear loose clothing tend to overeat without realizing it.
* Staying away from the food table at gatherings will help you resist the urge to eat.
* Carrying a clutch or handbag will keep your hands busy and reduce the likelihood that you'll reach for every treat that passes your way.
* Use a small plate or no plate. You'll eat less if you have to walk back and forth to get food.
* Keep portion control in mind. A dinner plate should be half vegetables, a quarter protein, and a quarter carbs. Avoid going back for seconds and thirds.
* You can have dessert, but keep the portions small.
* Beware of high-calorie holiday drinks such as eggnog and apple cider. Have only a small cup.
* Plan to go for a family walk after your main holiday meal.

SOURCES: Brigham and Women's Hospital, news release, Nov. 18, 2009