6 tips for healthy Christ­mas eat­ing

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Santa isn’t the only one to in­dulge over Christ­mas – reg­is­tered di­eti­cian Car­rie Re­gan sug­gests that on av­er­age, peo­ple gain around one to five pounds over the holiday sea­son. On Christ­mas Day alone, con­sumers could eat about 6,000 calo­ries – about three times more the daily av­er­age.

Be­low are some quick easy tips to help the temp­ta­tions over the Christ­mas pe­riod:

Don’t skip break­fast:

start­ing the day off with a healthy meal and stick­ing to three balanced meals per day are key to not overindulging.

Make mod­i­fi­ca­tions:

For in­stance, if you’re eat­ing tur­key, go for the white meat and skip the skin that adds ex­tra fat and calo­ries.

Watch out for the holiday sab­o­tages:

A cup of eggnog has 350 calo­ries and 19 grams of fat with­out the rum! If you’re go­ing to have some, limit your­self to a taste to en­joy with­out feel­ing like you are de­priv­ing your­self.

Af­ter hav­ing your meal, stay away from the buf­fet ta­ble so you avoid mind­less graz­ing.

Don’t so­cial­ize near the food:

When you aren’t out for din­ner or at a friend’s house, make sure your own fridge is stocked with fresh fruit, veg­eta­bles, lean pro­teins and healthy snacks. If you’re head­ing to a potluck, you gain some con­trol by bring­ing a nu­tri­tious dish to eat.

Stock your home with healthy ingredients:

The sug­ary sweet cock­tails are packed with calo­ries. And if you’re or­der­ing a latte, go for skim milk and skip the whipped cream. At din­ner, go for a wine spritzer and make sure you’re us­ing club soda in­stead of tonic wa­ter in your drink, as there are no calo­ries in club soda.

Watch what you drink:

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