People are getting ready for Christmas dinners all across Mid-Missouri.
The festive smell of ham and turkey can cause some of us to overindulge during a holiday feast.
Doctors at Columbiaâ??s Providence Urgent Care said you need to have a strategy before you sit down at the table to prevent weight gain and a possible heart attack.
They said the best start to healthy holiday eating is drinking plenty of water before you take your first bite.
Water takes up space and has no calories.
While people with chronic illnesses are more at risk for heart attacks, doctors said all of us should cut back on salt and alcohol during the holidays.
Dr. Scott Schultz said, â??One of the biggest problems weâ??ll see tomorrow and tomorrow night is that after the dinner, you donâ??t think that you had one too many glasses of wine. You might have. Be careful about getting behind the wheel if you drink alcohol.â??
Schultz said from the time you are full, it takes about 20 minutes for your digestive system to get that message to your brain.
By waiting 20 minutes, you might find you donâ??t want seconds or dessert after all.