When the holidays arrive, many people forget all about their diets and healthy eating. Weight
gains of 7 – 10 pounds are common between Halloween and Christmas. To make the holidays
easier, these tips will help you with healthy eating through the season and not gaining weight.
Most traditional foods can be made low fat. Turkey is very lean without the skin, and gravy
can be made without any fat. Potatoes that are served without butter can be very healthy. The beloved pumpkin pie is nutritious, although it can be made into a fatty dessert with the adding
of whipped cream.
Even though the holidays are in, don’t forget about the exercise. Keeping weight off during
the holiday season is burning off the extra calories. You should plan a walk after meals,
park farther from stores when you shop, and take a few walks around the mall before you
During holiday parties and at family dinners, feel free to sample foods although you shouldn’t
splurge. Decide on what you plan to eat in advance, then stick to your plan. Eat plenty
of vegetables, fruit, low fat dressings, and slices of lean meats. Before you go to a party,
eat a small snack to help curb your appetite.
If at all possible, avoid alcohol. Having too many drinks can cripple your will power, and
also add excess calories to your diet. In the place of alcohol, drink water with lemon. Water
can help to limit your appetite and keep you from binging. Also make sure to avoid eggnog,
as each glass can have up to 300 calories.
Be flexible with your healthy eating, as one bad meal won’t ruin your diet. Try to balance your
calories over a few days and don’t just look at one meal or day.