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Holiday Nutrition Tips

Holiday Nutrition Tips

Don't Skip Meals

Many people think that by skipping meals, they can cut calories during the day in preparation for the one big meal later that evening. This typically causes you to overeat at one meal, and more than make up for starving all day! You can even accidentally double your usual caloric intake all in one dinner. Instead eat small, healthy meals throughout the day that are high in fiber, and lower in calories. Aim for fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Choose Healthy Snacks

While gathered with family and friends, be mindful of the snack food consumed before meals. Constant snacking causes excessive caloric intake. Instead of going for those sweets and treats, grab a piece of fresh fruit. Have some fresh vegetables with dip, or whole grain crackers with low-fat cheese. Having healthier items around for snacking helps prevent binging on high calorie, high fat items that could lead to weight gain.

Select Calorie-Free Drinks

Elect not to waste calories on drinks! Choose water, diet, or unsweetened beverages to help cut down on unnecessary calories. This way you can enjoy other appetizing foods guilt free.

Remember Portion and Moderation!

Go ahead and eat a piece of pumpkin pie, but just have one- small piece! This will allow you to enjoy the fun and festive holiday foods, while maintaining an overall healthful diet. While filling your plate, be mindful of the extra gravies and sauces that go over already high calorie foods. Place these items on the side instead of drowning the turkey and mashed potatoes! Lastly, after finishing your first plate of food, wait about 15-20 minutes before going back for seconds. This allows your brain to catch up with how full your stomach is before stuffing yourself as full as that turkey!

By following these simple tips, Thanksgiving and Christmas can be very tasty and healthy!

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