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Healthy Bites: December 2011

Healthy Holiday Strategies
By: Janet Brancato, MS, RD

The average American gains 4 to 7 lbs. between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. This can be minimized or avoided with some healthy strategies, without feeling deprived or guilty. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Planning Plan ahead for parties and celebrations. Eat a light snack before going and plan to exercise either before or after.
  • Balance Try to balance higher calorie days with lower calorie days. Balance your plate with a variety of foods, focusing on vegetables first.
  • Moderation Watch portions of higher calorie foods, and enjoy a smaller portion. Choose a favorite dessert, but control the portion. Finish with fruit.
  • Goals Set your own holiday goals. Bring a "light" food or dessert to a party.
  • Fun Focus on the people and the true meaning of the holidays. Enjoy!
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