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Consider Nutrition This Christmas

By Brandi Goodman 

Christmas is approaching quickly. Now is the time to start considering the meal you'll make if you plan on having a large Christmas dinner. Consider nutrition this holiday season and make sure you're preparing dishes that are healthy to eat. The many fattening foods and sugary desserts should be substituted with better options so you can maintain your well-being. 

Don't Overdo It

We're not just talking about eating too much. Don't overdo it when it comes to how much food you make to begin with. You don't need 15 side dishes to complete your meal. A main entree, a few side dishes, and a dessert are all you really need. Make sure you have a variety as well. You don't need both mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, for example. Another vegetable should be on the menu.

Make Substitutions

You don't have to skip your all-time favorites. If green bean casserole is a must-have then by all means make it. Just be sure to make a few substitutions to help cut back on calories within the dish. You can use fat-free milk and your own mushrooms and seasonings rather than purchasing a sodium-filled soup from the store. Use fresh green beans from the produce section instead of the canned version if you want to up the dish's nutrition factor. Many canned goods have added preservatives that aren't healthy to eat.

Stay Away From the Food Table

Hosts tend to leave food out at a table so guests can help themselves as they please. Avoid sticking around the table so you're less likely to graze on food all day. Stay in another area of the house mingling with others and keeping yourself occupied. It will help prevent you from overeating. 

Only Serve Water

Lots of holiday beverages are available to choose from. Many are unhealthy options however. Only serve water at your celebration so you and your guests are not consuming calories from the drinks you're having. Water is all you need to stay hydrated and it can even help you to feel fuller faster so you don't consume too much food.

One high-calorie meal won't be enough to derail your health. However, it can make you feel sluggish, give your body far too much to digest, and make your stomach ache. Keep nutrition in mind and try some healthier alternatives to recipes so you can enjoy your holiday without the discomfort. It's better for your overall wellness.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Decatur, Ga.

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