For all the joy, and delicious food that the holidays can bring, they can also feel somewhat fraught if you’re watching your weight or managing a health concern, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. You don’t want to make food the enemy, but it’s good to play a little dietary defense. These are the tips that I not going give to others but also use to keep myself on track.

Stock the fridge, Have a food gift strategy, Don’t skip breakfast, Start with a drink of water, that is, Survey the buffet, Be smart about appetizers, Instead of trying a little of everything, choose two or three favorites from the holiday buffet, Eat your vegetables first at your meal, Make some simple swaps in preparing the food, take a walk between dinner and dessert.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health November 2018 Amy Keating, M.S., R.D., is a nutritionist and a program leader in the food safety and testing group at Consumer Reports.

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