ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Chronic Low Back Pain Is on the Rise
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Hip Replacement Boosts Mobility at Any Age
CANCER
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
CAREGIVING
Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season
Simpler Sleep Apnea Treatment Seems Effective, Affordable
Moms Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Neglect Child
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
DIABETES
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
DIET, NUTRITION
Trans-Fat Ban In New York City Is Proving successful
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
Vitamin D Vital for the Heart
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Are Medical Meetings Environmentally Unfriendly?
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
Gas Stove Emissions Boost Asthma in Inner-City Kids
EYE CARE, VISION
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
Magnetic Pulses to Brain Improve Lazy Eye in Adults
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
FITNESS
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
The Brain Comes Alive With the Sounds of Music
Spread of Swine Flu in Japan Could Raise WHO Alert to Highest Level
Healthy Eating While On Vacation
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
Drink Away Dementia?
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
SENIORS
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
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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