8 tricks to surviving the holidays without gaining weight or being grouchy

Indulge yourself. But only a little.

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At its most basic level, food is fuel. That's why so many competitive athletes eat a carefully calculated mix of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates designed to maximize performance.

At the other end of the epicurean spectrum lies the notion of food as exquisite sensual experience and important social construct. One has only to watch Babette's Feast, the 1987 film based on a story by Isak Dinesen, to understand just how life-changing a wonderful meal, shared with others, can be — even if said meal is loaded with unhealthy fats, sugars, and other products of dubious environmental origin.

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