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Don't use 'once in a while' excuse at rodeo

The smell of bar-b-que in the air and the sight of trail riders can only mean one thing – it's rodeo time in Houston. And while it may seem that those fried treats are allowed in your diet because the rodeo only comes to town once a year, think about how many other times you allow yourself those treats, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine.

"A lot of people think that it's OK to indulge in these treats because it only happens once in a while, but think about how often you say that – Valentine's Day, Fat Tuesday, St. Patrick's Day. Once in a while excuses end up being about one-third of a year," said Roberta Anding, a registered dietitian with BCM and Texas Children's Hospital.

Anding suggests eating a healthy meal ahead of time or looking for a grilled meat sandwich at the rodeo since fruits and vegetables are not easy to find.

Although treats are a part of a healthy diet, consider how often these treats creep into your routine, said Anding.