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Top 10 Holiday Eating Tips

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You can eat plenty of holiday goodies. Just know when and how much to eat. The holidays and good food go together. But, you don’t have to gain weight. You can manage your weight. Of course, regular exercise will help you manage your weight during the long holiday season.

Try on these holiday eating tips:

Tip #1 – Stay Hydrated

Water does a body good! Somehow, it's not easy to drink enough water every day. About 2/3 of your body is water. Drink about half your weight in water every day. So, if you weigh 160 pounds, drink 80 ounces of water each day. Drinking water can help you eat less.

Remember, certain foods contain large amounts of water. This counts toward your water intake. For instance watermelon is about 90 percent water and lettuce has about 95 percent water. Some meats contain as much as 70 percent water.

Tip #2 – Your Meal Plan Still Matters

Even during the holidays, try to comply with your meal plan 90 percent of the time. This leaves plenty of room to enjoy the holiday goodies. Also, your food journal really comes in handy during the holiday season. Tracking what you eat holds you accountable.

Tip #3 – Eat Plenty Of Protein

Get full on protein foods first. It will help you eat less of the condiments, desserts and other high-fat foods at the party. Most holiday parties have plenty of foods loaded with protein. Nuts, ham, turkey, chicken, fish, etc. are great foods to eat. Protein helps control your blood sugar if you happen to eat carbohydrates. Protein also fills you up and leaves you satisfied on fewer calories.

Tip #4 – Eat Your Calories

Drinking sugary drinks can really pack on the pounds quickly. Drink water and unsweetened drinks like tea.

Eat your calories. Chew your food slower. One quick way to blow a hole through your meal plan is to drink too many empty calories contained in drinks like sodas, sugared fruit juices and designer coffees. These are empty calories because they do very little to keep you full (satiety) and you end up wanting and eating more.

Tip #5 – Eat One Serving

Don’t enjoy your holiday gatherings and parties too much. Eat one serving of food on a plate.

Add a Comment3 Comments

Thanks- Turkey Day is my favorite meal of the year, but I'll try to keep it healthy....I'm thankful for my good health!

November 21, 2010 - 12:46pm

Happy holidays to you Cat! And, happy, healthy eating!

November 21, 2010 - 11:48am
EmpowHER Guest

Mark, there's lots of good information here and just in time for Turkey Day. I've kind of gotten away from eating healthy, but your article reminded me to get back on track. I also enjoyed your website.


November 21, 2010 - 7:21am
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