Monday, May 13, 2013

Tips For Healthy Holiday Eating


When the holidays arrive, many people forget all
about their diets and healthy eating.  Weight  gains of 7 - 10 pounds are common between  Halloween and Christmas.  To make the holidays easier, these tips will help you with healthy eating through the season and not gaining weight.

Most traditional foods can be made low fat.   Turkey is very lean without the skin, and gravy can be made without any fat.  Potatoes that are served without butter can be very healthy.  The beloved pumpkin pie is nutritious, although it  can be made into a fatty dessert with the adding of whipped cream.

Even though the holidays are in, don't forget  about the exercise.  Keeping weight off during the holiday season is burning off the extra  calories.  You should plan a walk after meals,  park farther from stores when you shop, and  take a few walks around the mall before you  begin shopping.

During holiday parties and at family dinners,  feel free to sample foods although you shouldn't splurge.  Decide on what you plan to eat in  advance, then stick to your plan.  Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, low fat dressings, and slices of lean meats.  Before you go to a party,  eat a small snack to help curb your appetite.

If at all possible, avoid alcohol.  Having too many drinks can cripple your will power, and  also add excess calories to your diet.  In the  place of alcohol, drink water with lemon. Water can help to limit your appetite and keep you  from binging.  Also make sure to avoid eggnog,  as each glass can have up to 300 calories.

Be flexible with your healthy eating, as one bad meal won't ruin your diet.  Try to balance your calories over a few days and don't just look at one meal or day.

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