Getting Yourself Ready For The Holidays...Preparation for the holidays might require more thought and restraint than shopping prowess. As we approach the trifecta of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas you should think about your strategies to limit your caloric intake. Candy starts at Halloween with leftover sweets just starting to run dry when Thanksgiving arrives. The feast continues as you stuff yourself with stuffing as well as loads of other carbohydrates and high calorie foods which blends into Christmas, when there is literally food, candy and temptations everywhere! After that comes the cool down period when guilt and remorse are only partially quieted by resolutions related to dieting and exercise. January and February are the months when I see patients worst labs. Diabetes less controlled, blood pressure and cholesterol elevated, and weights that usually shock the patients who try to otherwise avoid the scale. Be proactive about your health. Enjoy the holidays but keep it in check so your New Year's resolutions don't have to include a painful diet and a punishing exercise regimen. Choose your treats wisely and don't eat it you don't love it. Pass by the candy bowls and don't feel obligated to eat something if you are not hungry. You will see that the spirit and fun of the holidays can be joyous and light without making you heavy.