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Thursday, December 3, 2015

5 Tips for Eating Mindfully Duuring the Holidays

The holidays have arrived along with an endless parade of festive party platters and potlucks. It can be easy to overindulge at this time of year. Here are 5 tips for making healthy food choices. (And, yes, being healthy still means you can have holiday cookies once in a while).

  • Don't leave for a party hungry. Eat a healthy snack before beading out the door such as nuts, yogurt or a piece of fruit. 
  • Use small plates to serve yourself. This helps to control portion size. 
  • Limit your liquid calories. Margaritas, punches and eggnog are filled with sugar. Enjoy your holiday drink, but sip it slowly, and also stay hydrated. Hunger is often mistaken for thirst, so down a glass of water before piling up your plate.  
  • Start with the low-calorie options. Cut-up veggies and salads are a healthy way to fill up before you hit the cheese table. 
  • Socialize away from the food. You'll be less tempted to grab that extra cookie if your conversation is out of sigh from the buffet.
This is not the time of year to diet. Instead, focus on maintaining your normal weight during this busy season by being mindful of what you're eating. Your body will thank you for it long after the holidays are over. 

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