8 Tips to Have a Healthier Holiday Season

5. Bring Healthy Dishes to Potlucks and Parties

Some of Edison's suggestions include: fresh veggie spring rolls with dipping sauce and whole wheat tortillas with hummus and red and green veggies for holiday pin wheels. She also recommends replacing cheese platters with fresh veggies—that have been blanched—and serving them with her High-Protein Veggie Dip (see below).

Emily's High-Protein Veggie Dip

  • 1/2 package Uncle Dan's Ranch Mix
  • 1 carton low fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup 2-percent milk or soy milk (or more to make the consistency you like)
  • Blend in food processor until smooth
  • Serve with fresh blanched veggies

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6. Avoid Santa Sweaters and Elastic Pants

These clothes allow you to eat without feeling discomfort, which is exactly what you don't want. Feeling the effect of your eating is like a gentle nudge telling you to stop when you feel satisfied.

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7. Give and Take

Give yourself a break and allow small treats during the holidays. But, before you do, first take a moment to do something healthy. Grab a piece of fruit or go outside for a quick walk or breath of fresh air. If you still really want a cookie or piece of fudge, indulge in a small serving. By allowing yourself a treat, you won't overeat when you're bombarded with displays of desserts.

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8. Manage Your Portions

Try salad or dessert plates instead of dinner plates or small cereal bowls instead of pasta bowls to help keep your portions down. Another trick is to pour drinks into tall, skinny glasses instead of the fat, wide kind. The United States Department of Agriculture states, "Most people eat and drink more when served large portions. Choosing smaller portions can help you lose weight and keep it off."

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