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Healthy Holiday Tips From Your JPA Family

The holidays can wreak havoc on your carefully regimented diet plans. First we have the traditional holiday meals, plus the dozens of parties and events hosted by friends, coworkers, and relatives. Because of this, Americans gain an average of 1-2 pounds each holiday season spanning from Halloween to New Year’s Day. To avoid over-indulging this Holiday Season we recommend these healthy tips and tricks:

Plan ahead. If you plan what you will do at the gathering or event before you go, you are more likely to stick to your plan. So, have your plan focus on good conversation, and only one piece of the dessert you have been craving.

Don’t starve yourself. Many of us falsely believe that if we don’t eat early in the day, we can just make up for it at the party/event. Unfortunately, this generally leads to overeating and gorging on unhealthy choices. Try eating a healthy breakfast and at least a light snack such as fruit or yogurt before you go.

Bring your own dish. Offer to bring an appetizer or main dish that is healthy so you are sure to find something “safe” to eat. Your efforts will be appreciated by others, and you may be able to fill yourself up on the healthy dish so you do not over-indulge on less healthy treats.

Limit leftovers. Make your home your healthy haven. Send guests home with as many leftovers as possible if you entertained, and don’t offer to take leftovers home if you did not. There are plenty of temptations throughout the holiday season so try to avoid that extra temptation in your own home.

Maintain perspective. One day of overeating will not make or break your eating plan. If you decide to overindulge at a great holiday party, put it behind you and begin again the next day. Don’t worry about the one meal, just continue to make smarter choices for the rest of the holidays.