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Healthy Holiday Eating

With Thanksgiving knocking on our door and Christmas right around the corner, one thing at the forefront of most of our minds is the massive amounts of food we will be consuming. While it is one of the things we look forward to, the binging quickly turns to regret and discomfort. (Or maybe that's just me!) Here are just a few things to keep in mind and test for yourself to make your body more comfortable while still enjoying all there is to enjoy this time of the year!

1. Drink more water! I know, you hear it all the time. But if you're anything like me that advice often goes in one ear and out the other. I know when I do drink more water by body thanks me later! Our bodies have a funny way of relaying messages sometimes, and the thought "I'm hungry" may just be its way of saying "I need water!" It may also give you a sensation of being full sooner so you don't overindulge.

2. Stay active. I don't think I need to explain this one too much. Everyone knows about the positive effects of exercise on both mental and physical health. Plus, if you take your family outside to go for a walk or play football like my family often does, you aren't inside being tempted by the buffet items!

3. Use a smaller plate. That sure doesn't sound fun, does it? I know I am guilty of making mountains of mashed potatoes and stuffing with a river of gravy. And of course I don't forgot the blanket of turkey and ham. What perfect meal isn't finished off with some sort of sweets? If you use a smaller plate, you are forced to take smaller portions to fit it all, but can still enjoy the deliciousness that comes with it.

4. Eat breakfast. The common mentality is to not eat all day so that you "save up" the calories for the big show. However, if you do this, your body will be so depleted that it will trick you into thinking you need more than you do and lead you to pile on extra helpings.

5. Choose reds. Family time is almost always accompanied by some sort of alcohol. This year reach for the red wine instead of those fruity cocktails which are laden with sugar! It is a great antioxidant and may decrease incidence of heart disease. Keep in mind it is still important to enjoy in moderation!

I could probably make a list of 50 things to keep the holidays healthier, but I also understand it's also not very fun to eat celery and drink water with your loved ones. Enjoy the food and fellowship with your family and friends, as long as you don't overdo it!

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