My 12 Nutrition Tips of Christmas!

Only 2 weeks until Christmas (and I just started shopping!!!). With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is easy to skip your regular exercise routine or reach for some less-then-healthy treats. But don’t panic. Here are my “12 Nutrition Tips of Christmas” to help you stay focused, on track, and healthy this holiday season!

Tip #1: Don’t skip all of your favorite holiday treats; just consume smaller portions of them.

Tip #2: Offer to bring a favorite low-calorie dish to holiday parties so you can enjoy it.

Tip #3: Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays. Focus on weight maintenance.

Tip#4: Limit your intake of alcohol and other high calorie drinks such as eggnog and punch. Instead choose water, tea, or calorie-free beverages.

Tip #5: Center your holiday entertainment on non-food items such as ice skating, singing carols, or renting a holiday movie.

Tip #6: Make an effort to maintain your regular exercise program throughout the holidays.

Tip #7: Eat a small meal or snack before arriving at a holiday party. This will keep you from being overly hungry resulting in overeating.

Tip #8:Eat slowly! It takes your stomach 20 minutes to realize it is full.

Tip #9:Leave fresh fruit around the house to decrease the urge to pick on holiday sweets.

Tip #10: At holiday parties, fill your plate once and resist the urge to go back for seconds.

Tip #11:If appetizers are served, fill one plate with your favorites and do not go back for more.

Tip #12: Make traditional holiday recipes with low-fat substitutions to decrease the calorie and fat content: substitute oil or butter with applesauce, use low-fat creams and milks, use herb to add flavor instead of fat.

What are your favorite holiday tips for staying on track this time of the year?

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