Harvard Heart Letter

8-step plan for heart-healthy holiday dinners

How to make holiday feasts happy and healthy.

Heart health doesn't take holidays. That means planning ahead to have happy holiday meals.

This does not mean starving yourself before and after an overindulgence. Nor does it mean you or your guests have to go on a diet. It does, however, mean thinking about how to avoid potential pitfalls.

That's easier than it might sound, thanks to this eight-point plan from Kathy McManus, director of the nutrition department at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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