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Healthy Holiday Tips

Four simple steps for a healthy holiday!

According to a recent study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Americans gain about one pound of extra weight annually each winter.  Over time, this extra weight gain accumulates and may lead to obesity in later years.

To help fight holiday weight gain, follow these 4 simple steps to healthy holiday eating to celebrate without overindulging:

  1. Eat a healthy snack before going to a holiday meal or party.  This will limit your chances of overeating once you get to the party.
  2. Eat the healthier food options first.  This will fill you up, leaving less room for the indulgent foods.
  3. Eat your meal slowly.  The faster you eat, the more you eat. Holiday meals last a long time.  Eating slowly will help you prevent getting multiple helpings.
  4. Take an after-dinner walk.  A walk around the block will relieve bloating and prevent heartburn.  Also, exercise will burn calories!

Contact Nutrition Counseling at Hudson Valley Hospital Center to make an appointment to learn more about healthy eating! (914) 734-3304

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mcg December 20, 2011 at 05:29 PM
the nutritional counselers at HVHC are the best! Thanks.
Lizzie Hedrick December 20, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Here's a question I have for registered nutritionists: obesity is a serious epidemic in our society. But obesity comes from a long-term poor diet. So, can you get obese from Christmas/Thanksgiving? Now a question for the general public: do these posts make people who lead generally healthy lifestyles feel unnecessarily guilty for splurging/not following 'the rules' on special occasions?
Lizzie, To answer both questions at once. A healthy diet is all about balance and moderation. Of course we are all going to overindulge at times. We never never want guilt to be a part of eating. Additionally, there are no hard and fast rules. Everyone needs to find their balance with food, activity, and lifestyle that works for them. We try to give some ideas and tips to help people find their own to a healthy lifestyle.

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