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For many of us, the holiday season brings more than joy, it can also bring unwanted weight gain. Whether it’s your family’s special casserole or a friend’s double fudge dessert, it can be tough to pass up the favorite holiday foods you only look forward to once a year. But don’t be too tough on yourself, a little bit of planning can go a long way. Try these tips provided by the American Cancer Society:
Ø Get off to a good start.
Ø Don't go to the Thanksgiving table hungry. Snack on healthy, filling foods the day of the big event like veggies or nuts. You'll be less tempted by high-calorie options if your stomach isn't growling.
Ø Don't skip meals, especially breakfast. If you do, you'll be more likely to overeat. Start your breakfast with some low-fat yogurt or fresh fruit.
Ø Drink water all day long to stay hydrated.
o It's easy to confuse hunger with thirst. If you're going to someone else's house for Thanksgiving, ask for a glass of water once you arrive to help you feel full and avoid overindulging.
Ø And don’t head straight for the food – make a point of greeting friends or introducing yourself to new people.
Ø Watch your portion sizes.
o You don’t need to fill your plate with every dish on the table. Sample small portions of your favorites and enjoy the indulgence without feeling guilty.
o It may help to use a small appetizer- or dessert-sized plate and fill it first with healthy choices. Leave just a little space for a small sample of whatever unhealthy treat you’re craving, but eat that last after you’ve filled up on the more nutritious offerings.
Ø Eat your veggies first.
o Fill half of your plate with vegetables. They tend to be low in calories and packed with nutrients.
Ø Just go lightly on high-calorie vegetable dishes covered in cheese or heavy sauces.
Ø Take a post-dinner walk.
o Don't head straight to the couch to sleep off your turkey or zone out watching football.
o Lace up your sneakers and head outside. Spend time with your family while burning off calories. Remember, we included tips in last week’s message around activity ideas.
And remember, a few indulgences won’t wreck your diet. Just try to keep these tips in mind along the way!
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