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This holiday season I've been trying to make sure my holiday eating isn't out of control. I have a tendency to bake like crazy for friends, family and coworkers and I always lick the spoon…and taste test of course. I need to make sure they taste good! I also started a juice cleanse this past week to help flush out some of the fatty foods and excess water I'm carrying around. It's been challenging but I've lost almost 10 pounds and I think it will help jump-start more healthy eating. I've come up with a few tips to help me stay on track with my holiday eating this year.
- Eat smaller portions – This Thanksgiving I made a conscious effort to take small portions of everything that was at the table. One you can do this is using portion plates or a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. You can't fill a salad plate with too much food!
- Substitute – This one you can do on the sly and not even tell your family. I guarantee they won't even notice the difference. Substitute things like heavy cream with whole (or even skim) milk, butter with non-diary butter or even olive oil, sugar with a low-calorie option. Those mashed potatoes can hide cauliflower (which my kids love by itself). Use honey on sweet potatoes instead of brown sugar. Everything will still taste fantastic but you've cut out a lot of the fat.
- Make healthy treats – Instead of backing those Buckeye Balls or Snickerdoodle cookies, spring for healthy snack options like granola bites, frushi or nuts. I'm sure they won't mind because they are secretly thinking the same thing you are. My butt is going to be so big by New Year's!
- Drink lots of water –Drink a full glass of water before dinner and it will make you feel more full but it also helps digestion.
- NO SECONDS!- As tempting as seconds are, you know you want a slice or pie or a cookie after dinner. Skip seconds so you have room for it.
Those are my tips for eating healthy over the holidays. Hope they help you out this holiday season.
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