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The holidays are a time to enjoy with friends and family………and food.
On average, Americans gain approximately one to two pounds during the holiday season.
While this weight gain isn’t dramatic, research shows that it tends to stick and accumulate over the years. Below are tips to help you create a healthy balance of food, physical activity and fun to stay on-track through the holiday season.
Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays. Rather, focus on maintaining your current weight.
Being overly hungry often leads to overeating. A small snack such as a piece of fruit or some raw veggies with hummus can help to curb the temptation to over-indulge later on.
This is a great way for you to ensure there will be something healthy to consume no matter what is offered. This is also very helpful if you have a food allergy/intolerance.
Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables and then choose small portions of your favorite foods to enjoy in moderation.
Sit down to eat, savor your food and only eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Don’t feel obligated to clear your plate.
Soda, alcohol, mixed coffee beverages, hot cocoa, juices and eggnog all contain calories which can contribute to weight gain. Rather, stay hydrated with water and enjoy a drink in moderation on occasion.
Exercise can help to relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain.
Projects such as making wreaths, sculpting dough art decorations or playing minute-to-win-it games are great options for friends and family gatherings. Others include signing up to serve your community a holiday meal and going on a walk around the neighborhood to view all the holiday splendor.
Below, we share a couple of healthier holiday recipes. Give these a try, and enjoy with your family this holiday season!
Recipe By EatingWell Test Kitchen
Try this fabulous low carbohydrate recipe in exchange for mashed potatoes to lighten your caloric load, and provide a nutritional boost. Try topping it with some shredded cheese or chopped fresh herbs. Even the pickiest eater will love this dish:
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