- Make simple substitutions. Try preparing foods that are nutritious and satisfying yet low in calories. Reducing the amount of fat and calories in holiday meals can help prevent weight gain during the holidays. Create healthier versions of holiday favorites by using skim milk instead of whole milk, applesauce in place of oil, or a sugar substitute in place of the sugar in a recipe. To thicken a liquid without adding fat, use one of the following: flour, cornstarch, potato flakes, yogurt, non-fat evaporated milk.
- Start a new holiday tradition. Get everyone together for a holiday walk, a game of touch football, a volunteer activity, or even caroling. Check out the Get Moving Calculator on www.caloriecontrol.org to determine how many calories are burned through exercise. It’s easy to overindulge during the holidays so be sure to make time to work up a sweat and burn some calories.
- Do not deprive yourself. The holidays are a time for laughter, fun and food. Having a small slice of pumpkin pie will not lead to weight gain. Moderation is key. Take small servings of food, and allow yourself to enjoy the taste of each bite. Deprivation will only lead to overindulgence later.
More Turkey Day stuff next week!