Healthy Holiday Diet Tips

Monday, November 24, 2008 | Party Time, food and drink

As the old saying goes, “Eat, drink and be merry!” Indeed, the holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family, but all this socializing and merriment can bring with it added temptation and a few extra inches in the waistline. With turkey day rapidly approaching, here are a few small steps you can take in order to avoid packing on the pounds during the most joyous of seasons.

Don’t Skip Meals

This may seem like a good idea before your big Thanksgiving dinner, but this plan almost always backfires. Depriving yourself of food all day to save calories will only lead to overeating during the main event. Instead, get your metabolism going with a nutritious breakfast and follow with a light lunch. A small snack before dinner will also help curb your appetite and ensure that you don’t devour everything in sight in a fit of ravenous hunger.

Trim Back on the Trimmings

Cutting back on gravy, sauces, butter and other trimmings is a great way to shave calories. Your meal certainly won’t suffer without these small additions and you won’t have to loosen your belt when you’re done. The same goes for appetizers. They may seem harmless, but those deviled eggs, cheese and crackers and spinach dip are loaded with high-calorie cream, butter and mayonnaise. If you’re looking to whet your appetite, opt instead for carrot sticks, salsa or a handful of nuts.

Beware of Nog

Alcoholic drinks and holiday favorites like eggnog are typically loaded with calories. Try buying light or diet versions of your favorite juices, mixers and drinks. Another great way to keep yourself hydrated and reduce your caloric intake is to alternate your alcoholic beverages and delicious holiday brews with water.

Be the Life of the Party
Remember, holiday gatherings are all about spending time with your loved ones. So instead of hanging around the buffet table all night and watching those mashed potatoes like a hawk, get out there and socialize. Looking at old photo albums, playing a game of charades or going for a sleigh ride will help take the focus off of the food and put it back on your friends and family.

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