Tip #2 - Eat Small Portions
You certainly can try all sorts of yummy holiday classics, if you eat smaller portions. Ask anyone who has immigrated here from another country about food portions in the United States and they will tell you our servings are way too big! You can always pack your plate with lots of veggies (assuming they are not fried or swimming in butter or oil!). My favorite part of any holiday meal is the side dishes. After all, we can have turkey, chicken, ham or beef all year long. It's those special "little" dishes that make the meal meaningful (besides the company and the conversation)!
So, when you do consume those wonderful foods, keep the portion small -- half a cup or less. This way, you won't feel guilty and you can enjoy your meal. As I always say, food is meant to be pleasurable.