Sandra M. Grant P.Dt. - Registered Clinical Nutritionist
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Holiday survival tips


T'is the season...

Studies show that most of us gain an average of 5 pounds over the holidays, which doesn’t sound that bad, except that as the years go by, 4,5,6 years later, we’ve gained 30 pounds and are wondering what the heck happened?! 
So I wanted to post a few tips early in the month to help get us through the holidays with as little damage as possible. Yes, I realize it is now December 14th and I might be a bit late but...I've been celebrating! Better late than never!


  • Don't tell yourself, "It's okay, it's the holidays". This opens the door to 6 wks of splurging. 
  • For the duration of the holidays, wear your snuggest clothes - no sweat clothes until January!  
  • Give it away! As your guests leave, give away leftovers or take them to work the next day.  
  • Don’t starve yourself before an event. Rich party foods will be even more tempting. 
  • Bank calories on party days by eating a lighter, low calorie lunch or dinner. 
  • For Pot luck parties, bring a low calorie, healthy dish. This way you know there will be least one healthy choice.
  • Buffet dinner? Make one complete tour around the buffet first, THEN go back and choose ONLY the items you really want. 
  • As obvious as it sounds, don't stand near the food table. 
  • Drink Smart: 1 glass of wine too many can easily undermine the best intentions. Make at least every other drink non-alcoholic. Lower fat eggnogs, “virgin” Caesars, sparkling water and cranberry juice are great choices in keeping with the season.  
  • Keep your eye on portion sizes – it’s often not what but how much we eat that makes a difference. Only the turkey should be stuffed!! 
  • Be watchful of tiny traps: Hors d'oeuvres are typically loaded with buttery, savory, cheesy ingredients meant to deliver a bite-sized flavor punch. 
  • Use cucumber slices, celery spears, broccoli flowerets, carrot curls or endive with a low fat dip such as hummus rather than chips and cream-laden dips.  
  • A beautiful array of exotic fresh fruits is a wonderful way to end a meal – pineapple, kiwi, mango, pomegranate, mandarin oranges and grapes are a feast for the eyes and taste buds.
  • Know your triggers and avoid them!
  • As a gift, consider edible arrangements. Delicious chocolate dipped fruit arrangements everyone loves! 
  • Give a gift of health that will last the whole year – an exercise ball is great for balance, x-country ski lessons or golf lessons for the duffer on your list; some light weights for strength training, a pedometer for someone who enjoys walking... 
  • And finally...make physical activity part of the holiday fun to provide a balance. Plan a cross-country ski afternoon or a hike combined with potluck with friends. Every day burn some calories, clear your head and de-stress from the season’s demands. That's it for now. Check back soon!   

 


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