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Tips for smarter holiday eating

Posted on November 12, 2012
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EAT FOR ENERGY 

From Thanksgiving through New Years, you're going to be confronted with tempting treats and over-the-top party buffets. However, overindulging zaps energy and adds extra pounds. Smarter eating helps you stay fit and balanced long after the celebrating, shopping, and family gatherings are over.  Try these tips for healthier eating.

Eat before you go to parties, family dinners, even shopping. Have a modest, healthy meal before you leave the house. If you're already full when you arrive, you'll be less tempted to eat fattening treats that will weigh you down emotionally as well as physically.

Bring healthy options to holiday potlucks and parties. Google recipes and choose a tasty dish that's low in calories and fat. For example, a tray of crudités with low-fat dip is a welcome break from rich holiday fare.

Practice moderation. Healthy living and smarter eating doesn't mean you can't go near chocolate or the dessert tray. Take smaller portions and split or simply taste rich desserts. You'll feel better about yourself instead of feeling bloated and gaining weight.

Watch your alcohol intake. This is one of the easiest ways to cut (or add) calories. Did you know a gin and tonic has about 180 calories, while a Long Island iced tea has a whopping 789? A 12-ounce bottle of regular beer delivers 153 calories, while its light beer counterpart has only 103.  A five-ounce glass of red or white table wine has 121 to 125 calories.  Drink wisely.

Last by not least, even though your holiday schedule is busy, get regular exercise.  It relieves tension, burns extra calories, and keeps you fit so you can have more fun!

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