Tips for Enjoying Holiday Meals-Without Overdoing It
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- If you are preparing the meal at home, remember that leftovers can be eaten another day or frozen to enjoy again later.
- Taste the foods offered that you really want but in smaller portions. At parties there is often much more food offered than at a regular meal with people still taking regular sized portions.
- As a guest, tell the host/hostess that you are too full to eat all the food and ask if you can take some home for later. For example, take home a serving of a dessert you want to try.
- During holiday gatherings don't sit or stand next to the food table.
- Sweets (candies, cookies, cakes) and other holiday snack foods (breads, cheeses, nuts) are temptations for snacking between meals. If you are given food as gifts, freeze some of the food to eat after the holidays.
- When making holiday foods such as cookies, consider making just enough for gift giving and a little extra for you and your family. This way you will not have extra food temptations around.
- When eating out during the holidays consider splitting some of the food with someone else.
- Do not skip meals the day of a holiday party thinking that you will save calories! Instead, try eating smaller and lighter meals during the day.
- Never go to a party hungry!
- Eat breakfast or a snack before conquering the mall and bring a snack if you will be there for long periods.
- For some, eating slower helps to cut down on the amount of food that they consume. Try sitting down and really tasting the holiday food.
- Store holiday treats so that they are out of sight and aren't temptations between meals. Instead, have plenty of cut up fruit and vegetables available.
- Limit alcohol which adds calories and stimulates your appetite.
- Stay hydrated. Being dehydrated can make you too tired to make healthy food choices.
- At buffet tables, survey the table before selecting your food choices and try to limit to one trip.
- Write it down. Taking time to write what you put in your mouth makes you more aware of how much you are really consuming.
- Hold out for true love. Don't give into urges to randomly nibble hors d'oeuvres, especially ones you don't really care for. "If you don't love itdon't eat it"
- Consider modifying your traditional holiday recipes to reduce the fat, calories, or cholesterol.
- Stay active.
- Take care of yourself!
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