There’s nothing quite like the food that you enjoy at the holidays. A particular recipe can conjure up all sorts of memories, and just one sniff of the prepared dish can transport you across the years and miles. Unfortunately, holiday food can also wreak havoc with that healthy lifestyle that you work so hard to maintain. That’s why we’re happy to offer these tips that may just keep you from going too far astray during the holiday season this year.

The biggest pitfall most of us encounter while trying to follow a healthy holiday eating plan is the feeling of being deprived. Some of these foods only appear at this time of year, and the thought of missing out may be just too hard to take. Remember this mantra – don’t deprive but minimize. Choose a smaller plate at the buffet table and take no more than half of the serving size that you would normally take. Eat slowly, and savor every bite. You’ll get the same great taste, but by eating more slowly, you’ll give your brain a chance to catch up with your stomach saying that you’re full. And it will be easier to say no thanks to seconds, too.

Another good idea is to load up on something healthy before heading out, even if heading out means only going as far as the coffee table. High-fiber foods such as raw vegetables or whole grains will help you feel fuller for longer, and that will help you stay true to your vow to eat healthy all season long.

Sometimes all you need is a little encouragement to get to your ideal weight, and sometimes you need something more. The team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa is your best friend when you’re ready to make the changes you need to make to get to that healthy weight. With nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art technology are ready to help you meet all of your beauty goals. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at If you prefer to instantly make your own appointment, download our convenient app. It’s available for free from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.