Dining tips for the holiday season

Thursday, November 14, 2013

With sufficient planning and a well-balanced menu, it's possible for us to enjoy our favorite holiday foods without gaining too much weight and making the much-anticipated joyous times stressful and worrisome.

In fact, with Thanksgiving in a week or two and Christmas on its heels, here are some timely tips for proper management of our holiday dining:

*Be realistic. By making small changes in your diet during the holidays you will be able to make sensible choices. As an example, have a light snack an hour before an event. You'll go feeling less hungry, resisting the urge to over-eat.

*Be adventurous. Expand your tastes by trying new and exciting foods. Incorporate more, new or different fruits and vegetables into your meals. Try a new main dish at a family meal once a week.

*Be flexible. Don't worry about splurging from time to time on your beloved holiday foods. Make sure to balance what you eat and your physical activity over several days. Eat a lighter lunch or fit in an extra walk after dinner.

*Be active. Remember to fit fitness in. The key is to keep your body moving. Walk around the block at lunchtime, or try a fun fall or winter activity - like football in the yard, basketball in the driveway, hiking and biking, ice skating, sledding or cross country skiing.

Most of all, plan ahead and enjoy the holidays with your loved ones and your favorite foods!