Christmas Healthy Tips
Christmas healthy tips can help you stick to your weight loss
and avoid the holiday bulge.
One of the hardest times to
a diet is around the holidays, especially Christmas with all the yummy
food, cookies and candy.
Celebrating the holidays does not mean having to gain weight and undo
all your hard work throughout the year.
Everyone wants to sample the desserts
and filling foods on the dinner table or steal a Christmas cookie set
out for Santa.
It’s not unusual to put on a few pounds during
Christmas, but if you have been working hard to take weight off, the
last thing you want are these extra pounds.
After a week of
every scrumptious thing in sight, it’s a wonder anyone can move.
Christmas, you can help yourself and your family by slimming down
You can substitute some traditional favorites with new
healthier treats and limit portion sizes.
Check out these
tips to make your holiday enjoyable and healthier.
Tip # 1 Substitution
Christmas healthy tip is all about substituting the fattier ingredients
for something different and healthier.
changes are the easiest and best to make. Some simple substitutions
involve the most fattening ingredients.
For example, use liquid oil and
applesauce in place of liquid oil alone. Use margarine in place of
butter and sugar substitutes instead of pure sugar.
have suggestions for healthy substitutions.
You can reduce the
fat content in your homemade turkey gravy by starting with a can or jar
of fat free turkey gravy.
Then add your turkey drippings from
baking pan to the fat free gravy. Season the food to taste.
gravy, add some chicken broth and a few instant potato flakes to the
drippings before adding it to the fat free gravy.
potatoes are a favorite Christmas dinner side dish to complement turkey
and gravy. This is one item people generally heap on their
So reduce the high carbohydrate content by using both potatoes and
cauliflower. Simply mash both together and you have the added
benefit of veggies with your mashed potatoes.
Use whole wheat
dinner rolls instead of processed white flour rolls. The
wheat gives you more nutritional value for those high carb and calorie
If turkey is your main dish, peal off the skin before
diving into the juicy meat. This will help reduce the amount
fat you have with your turkey dinner.
you can see, with some really minor adjustments using these Christmas
healthy tips, you can reduce fat and calories and still have plenty of
taste to your holiday dinner.
Tip # 2 Pre Dinner Healthy Foods
a soup and salad before putting the main courses on the table.
fat vegetable soup like tomato and a simple green salad fills part of
the stomach and everyone will eat less later on.
Make available an
assortment of low fat salad dressings to keep your greens healthy.
Set out a
few slices of fruits as well like apples, oranges or grapes.
will get the taste buds going and anxious for the turkey
Have a glass of ice water with your soup and salad. This will
also help fill you up so you eat less of the higher calorie and fatty
Tip # 3 Maintain Control
This Christmas healthy tip is all about maintaining control - portion
control that is.
With the wide
variety of food
the table you will want to try and sample them all. That’s
just watch the portion sizes of the foods.
Take only 1 roll
even half a roll) and save more room for the green beans and other
Stick to smaller portions of those foods higher in
calories, fat and carbs and bigger portions of foods that offer more
nutritional value and fewer calories.
Watching portion sizes is
a critical healthy eating tip when it comes time to sampling the
just a thin slice of only one dessert, so make it your
If you get hungry later, and you have already had your cherry pie, then
eat some of the veggies and fruits leftover from dinner before you
think you need another slice of some rich and creamy (and calorie
If you are still craving the taste
mother’s upside down pineapple cake, then take just a few bites to
satisfy your craving and then put the fork down. People tend to
indulge during the holidays and portion sizes can get out of
But remember, you have already altered some of the
so that the fat and sugar content is a bit lower, so go ahead and take
a second piece if you’re still hungry. After all, it is the
holidays and should be a time to enjoy life.
Tip # 3 Drink Up!
This last Christmas healthy tip is not about drinking up the holiday
spirits. It's about making your celebration toasts with fewer calories
and less fat.
beverages can add up calories fast without any real nutritional
value. So instead of soda, try serving punch made with a
substitute. Iced tea and of course plain old water are always
Have just one glass of wine with dinner and have
glass of water handy to help wash down the meal.
Wishing You a "Healthy" Christmas
Here's wishing you a "Healthy" Christmas and a joyous holiday.
dinner doesn’t have to be fattening to be delicious. With a few healthy
tweaks, many won’t notice the difference.
When you watch
portion sizes and fill up on healthier foods, your Christmas dinner
doesn’t have to mean gaining weight.
This year expand your
repertoire of healthy Christmas dinner choices instead of expanding the
healthy tips will help you get through your Christmas dinner.
order to survive all the holiday shopping stress, the pre Christmas
parties at the office and friends, and the other thousands of times you
may be presented with tempting foods, take a deep breath, relax and
have some ice water first.
Then and only then if you think
still want to steal that Christmas cookie sitting by the receptionists
desk, take one and only one and just take a few bites hear and there to
last you the entire work day.
Remember that Christmas is a time for families and joy,
so take some time to do something fun and keep stress at a bay so that
you don't overeat or binge.
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Weight Loss Resolutions
With the New Year right around the corner, many are thinking about
their resolutions. If you are making a weight loss resolution, then be sure to stick with
it by using these tips.