Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Holiday Eating Season is Upon Us

It’s coming….. a little over a week……TURKEY DAY!!!!  We all look forward to it, but also are scared of it because it is just the start of a long month of holiday parties and lots of eating and drinking. Do not fret! There are two simple ways to stay slim during the holiday season: don’t lag on your workouts, and practice self-control when it comes to eating and drinking. When faced with endless amounts of hors d’oeuvres, sweets, and cocktails, you should educate yourself so that you can determine those that are good choices and those that are not. In order to ensure that there will be a healthy food choice at a party, offer to bring  something that you can make yourself, and therefore,  be in control of the calories, sugar, sodium, and fat. A good word of advice is that anything wrapped in pastry, deep fried, containing ground meat, or loaded with cheese (cream cheese included) is probably not the best option for your waistline.

When it comes to cocktails, try mixing in a calorie-free beverage (club soda, diet Sprite) into your cranberry/vodka or choose “light” beer. Drink water in between cocktails and stray away from calorie-laden ciders, any specialty drinks like “holiday punch”, and especially egg nog. If you are interested in learning more about healthy eating, or need a nutrition coach to help you maintain your weight through this holiday season, please email me at: nutrition@clublamaison.com or call 610-964-8800 ext. 65 to schedule an appointment. Have a healthy and festive month!

Written by: Kelly Strogen, MS, RD, LDN

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