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I really need your help. Thanksgiving was last week, and I ate WAY too much. Now I'm having a super-tough time getting back on track, especially with all the food that keeps popping up at the office. How can I stop myself from completely derailing my good eating plan while at work? Got any tips?

Hungry Heidi
Dear Hungry Heidi,

I'm glad you emailed. I do have tips. Holiday season is probably the most difficult time of the year to keep your eating in check. It's way too easy to get knocked off track and fall into all the obvious traps. Every day, SOMEONE at work brings in SOMETHING they baked. Or a basket of crackers, cheese, and chocolates shows up out of the blue. Food will be EVERYWHERE -- count on it. So in order to NOT eat everything in sight, you should prepare and arm yourself for success. How? Here are some ideas. These are things I personally do every year at holiday time, and they really help... I PROMISE.

1. Keep snacks in your office. If you keep your office stocked with delicious, sensible options (Fiber One Chewy Bars, low-cal pudding snacks if you've got a fridge, 100-calorie packs, etc.), you can indulge in something you like while everyone else is stuffing their faces with gazillions of calories.

2. Think before you chew. Do NOT mindlessly grab things and start eating. Really think about what it is you're about to gnaw on, and ask yourself if it's worth it. And whatever you do, don't lose track of all those mini-handfuls -- you're much better off portioning out how much you intend to eat, so you don't overdo it.

3. CANDY CANES!!! I've been using peppermint as a way to keep my cravings in check for a long time, but now there are lots of studies that back up this handy trick. Keep mini candy canes around (3 of 'em have just about 70 fat-free calories and a POINTS® value of 1*), and when those super-fattening holiday snacks come your way, reach for one of those little red & white striped treats -- your desire for the cookies, cake or chocolates will likely subside. NOT KIDDING... TRY IT!

4. Drink lots of water. It keeps you feeling full. Sometimes your body only thinks it's hungry, when really you're just dehydrated.

Need more tips? Check out these HG pieces on Yahoo! -- click here for how to bounce back from Turkey Day, and here for office snacking solutions! Be strong -- and good luck!!!

Hungry Girl,

Sometimes I get emails from you that seem like ads. What gives? Are these actual paid ads? How can I tell the difference between your editorial content and advertising? Sorry if you have covered this before, but I'm a new subscriber.

Wondering in Washington
Dear Wondering,

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Today, November 28th, is National French Toast Day. Typically, french toast has way more fat and calories than most breakfast foods (even pancakes and waffles!). But click here for HG's AMAZING FT recipe. It's low-cal and FANTASTIC!

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