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A Guide To Your Holiday Health

by Sarah Long

The holidays are just around the corner, and many of us are already planning the feasts we’ll need to prepare! If you’re watching your weight and trying to be as healthy as possible, the holidays can be frustrating with all of the indulgent foods at family gatherings and parties.

Here are some reminders that can help you be healthier this holiday season:

1 – If you’re doing the cooking, remember that you’re in control! Get creative with your recipes to reduce things like sodium and fat.

2 – Use smaller plates. We often fill up our plates no matter what size they are. This can lead to larger than necessary portions, so try using a salad plate for your main course.

3 – Eat a small meal before you go to a party. You can’t always control what food will be available at holiday parties, so don’t show up hungry! Eating a balanced meal beforehand will help you avoid the need to overindulge on all of the holiday treats.

4 – Say no to the appetizers. These little snacks can end up being a meal by themselves, so no wonder we feel bloated when we eat them AND a full holiday meal. Passing on the apps will help you fully enjoy the meal that you or someone you love worked so hard on.

5 – Make exercise a family tradition. Whether it’s a turkey trot, a Thanksgiving football game, a quick hike, or just a walk around the neighborhood, getting the family involved in exercise on the holidays will create healthy habits and some fun memories!

Remember that nobody is perfect. The holidays are extremely hard when it comes to achieving your weight loss and fitness goals. At the end of the day, you should be able to enjoy time with family and friends and not put too much pressure on yourself. Don’t let a gaining a pound or two make you give up on your journey!

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