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So you’ve collected a whole neighborhood block’s worth of Halloween candy. Your Halloween stash might hold you over till the feast that is Thanksgiving, whose leftovers will hopefully hold you till Christmas where more sweets and heavy foods await.

Like me, you’ve probably waited for these months all year long because it’s the one season that it’s OK to eat yourself silly and forget all the calorie counting. But why not start a new holiday tradition this year: eat healthier for patients across South Texas? Image

Donors who eat high-fat foods 24 to 36 hours before their donation run the risk of having too much fat circulating in their blood and in their donation. When this happens, it may become difficult or impossible to test the collected sample tubes of blood. If it can’t be tested, the donation can’t be used.

To prevent this from happening, your diet the day before and the day of your donation should consist of low-fat, high-calcium foods, and plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. You will feel better and ensure that your donation will be available for others.

So while you’re searching for those Thanksgiving recipes, look for healthy recipes that will provide all the flavor without the fat. Not only will this help you maintain a healthy lifestyle through the season of eating, you’ll help save lives.

You will also find helpful informa¬tion at our Web site at southtexasblood.org/blooddonation.asp.