Did you Know?
The average adult who is at a healthy weight gains one pound during the holidays. For those that are already overweight, their weight gain is normally at least five pounds around the holidays.
In spite of the statistics, there are some healthy things you can do while celebrating to stay in control of your eating and drinking this holiday season.
Celebrating the Holidays without Sacrificing your Health:
- Do not leave the house on an empty stomach; you will overeat once you arrive at a party because you are starving.
- Avoid socializing near the food table.
- Make mingling a top priority by keeping yourself occupied in conversation and away from food.
- Fill the majority of your plate with healthy foods such as salad, fresh fruit and vegetables. Then, leave the remainder of your plate for small portions of the less healthy foods that you really love.
- When you start to feel full, stop eating!
- If you are in the mood for something sweet, try to eat a piece of fruit rather than a piece of cake.
- Drink a glass of water or seltzer between alcoholic beverages and order any mixed drinks with diet soda.
The battle of the bulge is not limited to holiday parties and celebrations. If you get food as a gift, take a taste and then bring the rest to work to share with your coworkers. Or, you can donate unopened foods to a local food bank.
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