Eating and Cooking Tips for a Healthy Holiday

Enjoying the holiday spread without packing on the pounds.

Lara RondinelliBy Lara Rondinelli, RD, LDN, CDE

The holidays have arrived and this year you can commit to a healthy season packed full of cheer and mouthwatering treats, but without the unwanted weight gain and high blood sugar levels. Here are some eating and cooking tips for you to start today:

Healthy Eating and Behavior Tips:

Continue to Count Carbs
Carb (carbohydrate) counting can be a great way to control blood glucose levels and weight. Unfortunately, during the holiday season many people stop carb counting because they get too busy. Whether you're carb counting to dose insulin with meals or carb counting to control blood glucose levels and weight, this task will really keep you on track during the holiday season.

Socialize Away from the Table
The most popular socialization area is usually in the kitchen or near the food table. Many times people are talking and eating and they don't even realize what they are consuming. This is a dangerous behavior that can lead to overeating and surprisingly high blood glucose levels. Make a conscience effort to socialize away from the food this year.

Make One Trip to the Buffet Table
Buffets can be very tempting and can lead to excessive carb, calorie, and fat intake. This year allow yourself only one trip to the buffet table and remember to load up on salad and vegetables too.

Continue Exercise and Record Keeping
Exercise can not be skipped during the holidays. Find a way to work physical activity into your schedule, whether it is with a quick exercise video, mall walking, pedometer use or a trip to the gym. This will really help keep your blood glucose levels controlled and decrease weight gain. Also, record food and exercise intake in a diary and you will be amazed on how this will help keep you on track.

Be Realistic
It may be unrealistic to lose weight during the holidays, so you might set weight maintenance as a goal and work on weight loss in the upcoming New Year.

Modify Recipes to Decrease Fat and Carbohydrates
See the tips below on how to make some healthy cooking and baking changes. Many times your guest won't even know you've made these changes to the food.

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Last Modified Date: June 17, 2013

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