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Tips for a Heart-Healthy Holiday Season

During the holidays, many of us look forward to parties and gatherings with our loved ones. Unfortunately, all those seasonal treats can make for tighter waistbands and added pounds. Let our tips guide you into a healthier, more energetic holiday season.
1. Don’t show up to gatherings with an empty stomach
If you are going to a holiday party where lots of food will be served, be
sure not to walk through the front door with an empty stomach, according
to the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Help yourself to a small meal or
snack before you leave so your hunger does not lead you to overeat.

2. Be mindful of liquid calories
Alcoholic beverages are high in calories and leave you feeling hungry.
Alternate every alcoholic beverage you drink with a glass of water. This will
keep your thirst quenched, your stomach full and temptations away.

3. Be careful with the salt shaker
A little sodium goes a long way, and salt intake should be carefully monitored. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables over
canned foods, which may contain more sodium. The US Food and Drug Administration recommends getting into the
habit of flavoring foods with herbs and spices, instead of salt.

4. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables
Moderation is often easier said than done. A quick trick to moderate your intake while still enjoying those special
annual treats is to fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Enjoy in-season fruits and vegetables as well, such as
sweet potatoes, pomegranates, oranges and kale.

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