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The holidays mean family, fun, and lots of tasty treats, and it can be tough to stick with your wellness goals. Use these tips to combat the temptation without feeling deprived:

  1. If you are going to a gathering, or having something small at home, don’t be starving as you arrive or start. If you eat a light snack prior, it’ll keep you from making a beeline to the food table as soon as you arrive, or the party begins
  2. Use smaller plates for food–this can help eliminate over-eating and it will encourage you to take smaller portions of foods instead of large portions.
  3. Do a virtual gathering with family or friends! Make a food plan with lighter food options and share the menu ahead of time so everyone can be prepared and part of the fun!
  4. Make it a goal to eat at least 2 vegetables/fruit options. This is a great way to get a few ‘fillers’ while loading up on vitamins and minerals. Dill dip for raw veggies, optional!
  5. Peek at the food offerings before you grab a plate. Know what your options are and make a mental plan of what you plan to grab before filling your plate.
  6. Don’t be afraid to enjoy or prepare the ‘special foods’ that you do not normally eat throughout the year–eat slowly so you can enjoy the flavor! Moderation is key!
  7. Be strategic on booze. Alcohol can pack on empty calories quickly and make it easier to hang out more by the snacks.
  8. Position yourself away from the food. Out of sight, out of mind!
  9. Swaps and substitutions can help lighten up dishes without feeling deprived. Add in extra vegetables, and watch labels for healthier options (lower fat, sugar, and salt)
  10. Don’t be afraid to try a new and “lighter” recipe. Who knows–it just might be the hit of the party!
  11. Focus on the party and the guests. Spend your time catching up, listening to the music, and enjoy the time together whether you’re in person or doing a virtual gathering.