by Shelley Miller, BA, CPT, PN1 & meal planning maniac

Many people have a love/hate relationship with holidays. They are filled with fun, family, and food. On average, a person gains 1-2 pounds over a holiday and those 1-2 pounds are often hard to get back off. In efforts to avoid weight gain this holiday season, here are a few tips to make these times more enjoyable!

  1. Plan out your menu with plenty of vegetables, fruits, lean meats and whole grains.
  2. Avoid making the high calorie appetizers. These are an easy way to pack on the pounds so try for lighter appetizers.
  3. Go for the frozen fruits and veggies in the winter. In the winter, frozen is less expensive and ripe because fruits and veggies are picked and frozen at their peak ripeness.
  4. Roasting or grilling meats, veggies and potatoes are an easy way for full flavor without the added calories of sauces and creams.
  5. Plan time for exercise. This helps relieve stress from the holidays. Even if it is just for 10-15 minutes, extra exercise is always a bonus!
  6. Don’t skip meals. Before a party, eat a light snack such as raw veggies or a piece of fruit so you aren’t tempted to over-indulge in a heavy meal.
  7. Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed.
  8. Choose a small portion of your holiday treat, enjoy, and savor it.
  9. Take your own healthy dish to a holiday gathering. This way you know there is at least one item you can eat guilt-free