4 Ways to Save Your Diet During the Holidays {guest post}

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Hey guys, can you believe it’s already December?! Wow. The time is really flying by. With that, I have a perfect post for you guys for the season. Vanessa wrote up a great post with some tips on how to not derail from your diet during the Holiday season.

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4 ways to Save Your Diet during the Holidays -- great tips!!

With the holiday season here, there isn’t a better time to get together with close friends and family to
celebrate. Unfortunately, the holidays are also a time that people get together and eat a LOT of food;
on average Americans gain 2 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, which can add up year
after year. Although it may seem like there is no way you can stay healthy during these merry months,
there are a few things you can do to make sure your waistline doesn’t expand this holiday season.

1. Making dishes from scratch can scratch away those calories

Boxed mixes, frozen appetizers and pre-made desserts may seem like the way to go, especially since
it can save precious time while preparing a holiday meal, but making them yourself can definitely save
you some calories and make the meal healthier. There are so many additives in pre-made foods that
are used to increase shelf life and make it taste like the real thing. They are loaded with sugar, salt and
extra calories that can be reduced if you make them homemade. Also, look for healthier recipes for your
favorite side and main dishes, so that you can be grateful for a delicious and healthy meal.

2. Eat Before

It may sound strange that I’m telling you to eat more, but if you eat a healthy lunch or snack before a
holiday meal or party, you will eat less. Starting with a hungry stomach will just encourage you to fill up
on appetizers, dinner and dessert. Eating a healthy salad with some protein, like beans, eggs, or white
meat chicken, will fill you up enough, so that you don’t eat too many appetizers. This way you can enjoy
your company and not eat too much before the main meal.

3. More Veggies

A great way to make your holiday meals healthier is to add more vegetable based dishes. Broccoli,
cabbage, carrots, Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes are just some of the delicious winter vegetables
that are in season right now. Vegetables offer important vitamins, minerals, high fiber and are low
in calories compared to other side dishes you may have. Encourage your guests to try new vegetable
dishes they may be unfamiliar with and if you are unfamiliar with them as well, look for some yummy
recipes to bring out there delicious flavors.

4. Less Desserts

It seems like every year more and more desserts are showing up on our holiday spread. Although this
can sound delicious, you may feel differently the next day when you step on the scale. I’m not saying
don’t eat dessert, just remember that portion control and eating what you will really enjoy is the
important. When choosing what to indulge in, make sure it is something special. Try to stick to your
favorite dessert or something that you only enjoy during the holidays. Then watch your portions. A small
slice of pie that you will really enjoy may be enough to end your day on a happy note without any guilty

Have a happy and healthy holiday season!

Guest blogger Vanessa Morley is a registered dietetic technician and writes health blogs for Everyday
Health and its calorie counter tools (http://www.my-calorie-counter.com/)

 Kammie wants to know:

Do you try to save your diet during Holiday season or do you let yourself splurge?

Let me know in the comments below!

Last Updated on March 28, 2019

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  1. Great post! It’s so true!! I need to practice that everyday!! 🙂 Have a great weekend!!

  2. Some really great tips there. It’s all about balance. Just because it’s Christmas it doesn’t mean everything has to go out of the window.

  3. Loved how short and sweet and to the point this post was! Easy tips that I just need to be reminded of! 🙂

  4. Great tips!! I think I am just going to have fun but keep everything in balance.

  5. I think the first tip is extraordinarily important! It’s so easy to get caught in a time crunch and resort to boxed/pre-mixed dishes, but a little time and effort to prepare a homemade version goes a long way! I know that everyone in my family is happier and healthier since we swapped out things like pre-made gravy and cranberry sauce for simple homemade versions.

    • Definitely! Plus the taste is just impossible to compare, I can always tell when something was homemade as opposed to being pre-made. The pre-made stuff is usually noticeably sweeter/greasier or just more fake tasting.

  6. Less desserts??? ha. Sad but true.

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