Can you have your diet and Christmas cookies, too? It is possible to have both without putting on extra pounds, but you may want to have a plan.
It can be challenging to eat healthy during the holidays. Americans gain an average of one to two pounds during the holiday season. Research shows that this weight sticks around for the rest of the year, but it can be avoided through moderation. Here are a few strategies to consider:
- Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast, when preparing for a holiday meal. Instead, eat healthy meals and snacks during the day.
- Include lots of fiber in your diet by eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. They are lower in calories, but satisfy hunger.
- If you are going to a party, ask if you can bring a dish. Then, make it a healthy one everyone will enjoy.
- If the party is at a restaurant, think ahead about what to order and select low-fat options.
- Use a smaller plate for proper portion sizes.
- Eat vegetables and salad before filling up on high-calorie entrees and desserts.
- Eat slowly. Wait 10 minutes before going back for seconds to see if you are really hungry.
- After dinner, go for a walk or engage in any type of physical activity with the family.
With a little extra planning, you can enjoy the holidays without worrying about buying a bigger size!
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