In the next few days, you will likely find yourself face to face with a plate of treats, or a table full of food. It's the holidays and we tend to indulge in the once-a-year goodies that make the season taste so good. And while we all know we're not going to give it all up, it's good to remind ourselves of the ways to make us feel a little less guilty.
It's hard to avoid them this time of the year. And truthfully who wants to. "Holidays we always celebrate with food, and we always have a lot of food at once," said Dietitian Korie Lown. And that can be the problem. "So I think we can get kind of trapped into eating more with our eyes, rather than listening to our bodies," said Dietitian Korie Lown.
So how do you avoid the average holiday weight gain of 10 pounds? Start by filling up. Maybe have a snack before the big party to keep you from overeating. And don't give yourself a free pass to have everything you want. "Maybe just make one trip up to all the food, and use smaller portions, smaller plates," said Lown. And try not to drink your calories with wine, beer and the holiday staple... eggnog. "It's really easy to get caught up in the beverages, and sometimes we forget how many calories those can have. So, if you want to have a drink, limit it to maybe one or two," said Lown. And make sure to drink enough water to stay hydrated.
If you're preparing the meal, chose low sodium vegetables, no sugar added fruits, and greek yogurt. "Greek yogurt rather than sour cream is a good way to take out some of the calories. You can use that in dips," said Lown. It can also replace mayo and cream cheese in some dishes. If you're looking for recipes using greek yogurt instead of sour cream, mayo or cream cheese, you can talk to your HyVee dietitian or go to their website.
Also keep in mind, Korie Lown says the old adage definitely holds true this time of the year; everything is fine in moderation.
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