Healthy Holiday Eating

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Healthy Holiday Eating

The holiday season is a time filled with parties, family gatherings, and lots of food, so it's easy to overindulge in rich foods that aren't so good for you.

There's no need to miss out on the festivities.   Here's how to enjoy the holidays without overdoing it.  

Don’t try to diet. Your goal should be to maintain your current weight, not reduce it.

Plan and assemble several quick, healthy meals and have them readily available for reheating to avoid relying on high-fat fast food when your days become chaotic.

Instead of cutting out high-calorie favorite holiday dishes, take a small portion of each and load up on healthier options like vegetables, fruits and breads.

Don’t attend a cocktail party on an empty stomach. The effects of alcohol are felt much more quickly and can lead to overeating and over drinking. If you do drink alcohol, try to drink one glass of water before each glass of an alcoholic beverage.

Center activity around non-food events such as ice skating, tubing, skiing, renting a holiday movie, serving in your local homeless shelter, or singing carols.

Offer to bring a favorite low-calorie dish to holiday parties, so you know there will be at least one "safe" item available. Arrive fashionably late and stand far away from buffets so you're not tempted to nibble constantly.

Continue your regular exercise program right through the holidays. It's the key to maintaining good health and alleviating holiday stress.

It's difficult to avoid overeating during the holidays. If you do slip up now and then, don't beat yourself up for it. Be kind to yourself. Remember that maintaining a healthy diet throughout the holidays takes practice. Forgive yourself and make sure your next meal or snack is a healthy one.

Happy Holidays!