Holiday gatherings mean good times with family and friends, but for many people with dietary concerns, parties can play havoc with good eating plans. The good foods associated with holiday meals can become a source of stress for some people on modified diets, if they are trying to lose weight or watch their blood sugar or cholesterol levels.

Sara Lopinski, registered dietitian at SIU School of Medicine, suggests developing a plan to avoid overeating during the season.

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Lopinski also advises people to think about appropriate portion sizes to not overeat at meals. She also says to go lightly on foods that are creamy, gooey and fried because they are very high in calories.