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Story Updated: Mar 18, 2013

Patrick's Day without breaking your diet and fitness routine.

Big St. Patrick's Day plans? If so, here's a little healthy advice.

Nutrition specialists at St. Louis University Medical Center say you don't have to deprive yourself of your Irish favorites....you just have to make a few tiny adjustments at mealtime.

If corned beef is the main course...have some, but don't over do it. Corned beef is high in fat and very high in sodium, so watch your portion size. A three ounce portion is the recommendation here...which is about the size of a deck of cards.

Go easy on the potatoes, too...instead go for the green-and load up on the cabbage! It's low in calories and loaded with antioxidants.

It's also ok to celebrate with a nice dark Guinness but moderation is key here. For men, two beers is the max, and for women, it's just one. Drink water throughout the day...and that should quench your thirst.

And if you really want to make it a healthy holiday...opt for green tea...and add some green fruits and veggies like kale throughout your Irish holiday.

Top it all off with a little Irish dancing for exercise, and you'll have a celebration to remember.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with health information for healthier living.

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