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Guilt-Free Enjoyment of Holiday Meals

By Donna Stark

Well, here we are. The time of year when food becomes the main topic and when many of us find ourselves eating more than usual. From the substantial meals to the decadent desserts to the bags and boxes of treats filling our counters, if there is anything that is needed, it's willpower! Luckily, it is still possible to enjoy all the holiday favorites and stay healthy in the process. Here's how.

Give Your Body Plenty of Nutrition

Before you flip that page in the calendar and start planning your holiday meals, make sure you are giving your body the nutrition it needs! Try to eliminate as much junk food and sweets from your diet a couple of weeks before your dinners and replace them with extra fruits and vegetables! And don't worry about missing those treats, either. You know you will have plenty to indulge in when the holiday season starts

Eat Breakfast

Sure, you may want to save plenty of room for dinner on the day of your feast, but your digestive system will handle the holiday meal better if you eat breakfast in the morning. Plus, you will be less likely to binge, which will save you from stomach issues later in the day. Just be sure to keep your breakfast healthy. Some eggs and toast or a morning smoothie are great options.

Use a Smaller Plate

The bigger the plate, the more room for food. If you are one of those people who tend to eat with your eyes, you may want to consider grabbing a smaller plate than everybody else. You will definitely consume fewer calories and fat because the size of the plate will limit how much food you can put on it.

Slow Down

Now that the food is piled high on your plate, you can start digging in. But before you do, remember this ... take your time to eat! Eating slowly will give you an opportunity to really enjoy the meal in front of you. And when you are ready for more, wait an extra 10 minutes. Sometimes the brain and stomach need those extra minutes to decide if you actually are still hungry.

Exercise

Exercise? On a holiday? Yes, you read that right, but don't start panicking yet! It's just a short walk after your heavy meal. Walking within an hour of finishing your dinner will help your digestive system, speed your metabolism, and lower your blood sugar. Walking can also help the body use up the nutrients that were consumed more efficiently.

Go Ahead, Enjoy Your Favorites

The season of eating has officially started, so get ready to prepare yourself for all your favorite indulgences. Simply follow the tips above and enjoy everything this season has to offer, guilt-free!

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