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Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays

December 22, 2014
When presented with all of the beloved family recipes and tasty dishes expected at any holiday get-together, it can become difficult to say "no." Good news: you don't have to! Here are a few simple tips to make the holiday season more healthful and less guilt ridden.


  • Make realistic goals. The holiday season is not the time to place added stress on yourself by attempting to lose weight.
  • Use smaller plates if available when at a buffet-style party.
  • Try eating a healthy snack before going to a party to ease your hunger.
  • Conversation is calorie-free, but move away from the buffet so you won't be tempted to eat while you talk.
  • Scope out the buffet before you go up to make your selections.
  • Balance what you eat at parties with what you eat during the day.
  • Remember that beverages contain calories as well. Alcoholic beverages, home-made punches, and chocolaty beverages tend to have sneaky calories that you may not bargain for. Consume these in moderation!
  • Watch your portion sizes and take small "tastes" of high calorie dishes.
  • Don’t feel as though you have to say yes to everyone that offers you food. 
  • Leave what you don’t want, despite what your parents may have drummed into you as a child; don’t feel obligated to clear your plate.
  • Use lower fat ingredients if you are preparing a meal or recipe. This will help to reduce fat consumption and save calories.
  • Review cooking methods; use low calorie spray oils for roasting or grilling. Steam veggies to retain nutrients and flavor.
  • Exercise!!! During the holidays we find that we have extra time, usually spending it with family and friends. Why not put on a pair of sneakers and take a walk. Adults should strive for 30 minutes of exercise daily while children should strive for 60 minutes of exercise daily.

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