We can’t believe it’s already time to kick off the holiday season! While the holidays are certainly the time to splurge on seasonal treats, it’s important to practice moderation to avoid those extra holiday pounds and a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. We asked our doctors their favorite healthy holiday eating strategy.
Socialize away from the food table
When navigating holiday parties, try to have your conversations away from the food table to avoid mindless eating.
Enjoy seasonal fruits and vegetables
Take the holiday season as an opportunity to enjoy delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables. Butternut squash, collard greens, oranges and passion fruits are a few of the produce in season during the holiday season. Click here for the full list.
Don’t arrive hungry
When you arrive hungry, it’s tempting to fill yourself up on some of the unhealthy foods that may be there. Before heading to your holiday party, grab a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts to avoid this.
Mix white and wheat flour in your recipe instead of only white flour. Avoid heavy cream and use skim milk instead. Substitute chocolate chips for dried fruit.
Take the few extra steps
Park far when doing your holiday shopping. Take the stairs at the mall. Take a walk with your family after a holiday gathering. The holidays are no excuse to skip being active.
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