Holiday nutrition game plan

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It’s that time of year again; the holidays are right around the corner!

The holidays are a fun time of year filled with family, friends and festivities, but they also present a challenge when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. Bad food choices are everywhere you go from late November through the new year. But if you come up with a game plan, and have self-discipline, this year’s holidays can be stress free when it comes to your diet.

Here are some tips to help you navigate the holidays and hit 2015 with your nutrition in check:

Don’t go it alone. Enlist a family member or friend and hold each other accountable for your holiday eating habits. This doesn’t mean guilt one another when you drink too much eggnog, but if you have someone you’re accountable to you might think twice before reaching for that second piece of pumpkin pie.

Moderation is key. It’s okay to eat bad food sparingly. Maybe one slice of pie per week, or whatever makes sense for your situation. Enjoy the holidays but don’t go off the deep end.

Work out. Stay active with backyard football games, hockey on the pond, family plank challenges, or whatever makes you sweat. In other words, don’t stuff your face and sit on the couch. Keep moving.

Drink a lot of water. Drink a glass of water before meals. Water is essential to digestion, but it also makes you feel full.

Opt for smaller portions and eat slowly. Try to fight the urge to go to pound town and inhale your food. Chew and enjoy your food.

Don’t binge on alcohol. Liquid calories are the worst and quickly derail your healthy nutrition habits.

Eat until you are satisfied, not full. After you eat, wait fifteen minutes and drink more water. Then, if you are still hungry, eat some more.

Don’t stress, it’s the holidays. Come up with a game plan to make good decisions and follow-through.

Stay tuned for details on our 2015 Nutrition Challenge.