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An apple pie and a variety of fruit tartlets.

If you're faced with a variety of goodies this holiday season, U professor Al Levin suggests that you choose one item from that smorgasbord to prevent yourself from pigging out.

Less is better during the holidays

From eNews, December 15, 2005

The holidays are here and with them come the endless array of scrumptious dishes and the inevitable rush of holiday letters. How can you refrain from eating too much? And is there a better way to write a holiday letter?

Many of us tend to overeat around the holidays, simply because of the variety in front of us, says Al Levine, University of Minnesota professor and head of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. Additionally, we are confronted by large amounts of food. To prevent from stuffing yourself silly--because it really isn't healthy--Levine advises you to be picky. "Don't eat everything in sight, but choose only one item," he says. To hear more tips from Levine, listen to Holiday Overeating on the University of Minnesota Moment Web site.

Holiday letters are a great way to keep in touch, but only if they are short and sweet, says University of Minnesota professor Bernadette Longo. Lengthy, too-much-information letters may bore a reader or worse still, may not even be read.

Longo, who makes her living teaching people how to write, says it's important to write about things that would be interesting to everyone and not just a select number of family members.

"Edit your letter," she advises, "[because] you can't say everything." And one sheet of paper is the ideal length, she adds. To hear more tips from Longo, listen to the U of M Moment's Holiday Writing feature.