I try not to go already starving. It's harder for me to not overdo it, if I'm really hungry to begin with.
I bring/ offer to bring, things that I know I can eat a LOT of (raw veggies or a salad for example).
I try to keep "My Plate" in mind, with the proportions of lean meat, low-starch vegetables, and one serving of whole grains (or whatever they've got, that's as close as it gets to whole grain) and a dairy if anything's available. I'll take small spoonfuls of several different favorites, from the traditional dishes... not a heaping spoonful, more like maybe a couple bites. The first bite tastes the same as the last one.... so if I've got 2 bites, there's my first one and last one. I just skip all the bites in the middle.
Some people decide to just go over their calorie range for the day; I've always tried to stay on track. It's a personal decision. I might eat a little lower in my range for the days leading up to the holiday, "banking" some calories for a bit of cake or something special.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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