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Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
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Who says Thanksgiving dinner isn't healthy? The staple ingredients of this holiday's comfort food have redeeming healthful properties that make this meal extra scrumptious. Adding a little culinary know-how to traditional recipes can transform this food fest into a guilt-free feast.
The first rule of thumb for holiday gatherings is never go to the party hungry. Maintain your normal daily routine starting with breakfast and a workout. Have a snack before you go - a half a sandwich, yogurt and fruit or a glass of milk.
If there's a buffet, try to remember that most of your choices should be whole grains, fruits and vegetables; the remaining third can be lean meats. Fill up on veggies that aren't drenched in butter or sauce.
If it's impossible to resist trying everything on the table, make sure you take very small "tastes" of high-calorie dishes. If you're trying to watch your weight, remember that this is just one day, so it's OK to indulge yourself a little. Many people, however, begin a downward spiral over the holidays beginning with Thanksgiving. One day of temptation leads to another and soon they've spiraled out of control. Don't let that happen to you. If Thanksgiving finds you being a little too indulgent, begin Friday by eating a little less, exercising more, or both.
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