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The Importance of Having an “Eating Strategy” During the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts can be healthy after all.

Winter is a difficult time for people who are watching their weight. To make matters even more challenging, the cold-weather season starts off with two of the biggest meals of the year, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Temptation need not get the best of well-intentioned people, and he offers suggestions for keeping the two large holiday meals on the light side.

The first step is to have an “eating strategy” during the holiday season. That way, people who are watching their calories can start the winter months off right, with a positive, healthy attitude. One typical strategy is to make a mental note to keep an eye on portion size. One of the most common pitfalls of all dieters is not knowing how much food is in a typical “serving.” As a result, they end up eating the right foods and perhaps avoiding junk snacks, but they just eat way too much of the good stuff.

The second thing to keep in mind is to beware of the “extras.” By that term he refers to all the things holiday celebrants usually put on otherwise healthful foods that add unnecessary calories. It’s smarter to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner, for example, without all the sauces, gravies, butter, and cream. We suggest that in addition to portion control (rule number one), savvy holiday revelers should cut out the extras that are mainly fat calories anyway.

Third, it is not a good idea to skip meals on the day of a big dinner, like Thanksgiving or Christmas day. Depriving a body of its needed calories early in the day usually leads to massive overeating later on, especially if there is a large feast on the calendar.

Finally, the simplest of all beverages, water, can be a big help for calorie counters during the holiday season. By that he does not suggest replacing nutritious meals with plain water. Instead, we suggest that everyone can cut down on alcohol and sugary drinks and substitute water during the holidays.

Alcoholic drinks have tons of calories, and many soft drinks, even no-calorie ones, are nothing but chemicals and flavorings. Also, drinking water regularly during the day tends to help people digest their food better and feel more naturally full after eating.

Dr. Kayode Sotonwa hopes everyone enjoys the holidays and has a healthy, happy and safe new year. For more healthy tips, visit http://drkayodesotonwa.com/.

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