Eating Healthier During the Holidays
The holiday season is fast approaching! Be prepared to be inundated with candy, cakes, and a lot of other tasty creations. Because of this, it’s usually a challenge to watch what you eat around this time of year. According to WebMD, studies have shown that the average American gains about 1-2 pounds, which can eventually become permanent. Here are some things you can do to lower your calorie intake.
Don’t Keep All the Candy – If you have a child or children, you’ll probably end up with a stockpile of candy from trick or treating. It’s not a good idea to hold on to all of it. Apart from your children wanting to eat it, you’ll be tempted to take some as well. Then more…and more. Out of sight, out of mind may be the smartest thing to do. So perhaps you can give it to your church or use it for an upcoming birthday party. The sweet factor only gets worse after Halloween.
Say No Occasionally – Most likely, co-workers will bring in treats to the office over the next few months. Leftover candy, cookies, popcorn tubs, and the list goes on. Don’t feel obligated to taste everything because you’re trying to be nice.
Take Smaller Portions – Let’s face it, you’re not going to turn down every sweet treat and that’s okay! But try eating reduced sizes of your favorite dessert or snack. Perhaps only a handful of popcorn or half a cupcake. Maybe don’t go back for thirds at your Thanksgiving meal.
Healthier Ingredients – We all love the traditional holiday dishes, but there are ways to make the classics more heart healthy. Don’t be afraid to swap out butter, mayonnaise, etc. for healthier options. Do research and find recipes that slash some of the calories and fat. Whether a main dish or side dish, there are ways to lighten things up.
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