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Holiday Eating Survival Tips

Turkey, desserts, candy, gravy, eggnog! Holiday foods can wreak havoc on your diet. But with a little pre planning and thought, you can weather the holiday eating frenzy without putting on all those extra pounds. Consider these survival tips to get you through the end of the year.

Take time for exercise.
Even with a busy holiday schedule, you should still try to find time to fit in some physical activity. It is also a great way to relieve stress and feel more energetic.

Eat a snack first.
Before heading off to a holiday gathering, eat a light snack such as fruit or crackers. Never go to an event on an empty stomach--you’ll be tempted to eat everything in sight. 

Offer to bring something.
Bring something that you like to eat--and make it low-fat and healthy. You will then know that you have at least one safe food to eat. Many holiday recipes have low-fat versions, so you won’t feel like you are missing out.

Choose wisely.
When browsing a buffet or holiday spread, think twice before choosing a bit of everything. Instead of chips and dips, dressings, cakes and candies, load up on healthy alternatives like fresh fruits and vegetables, pretzels, leaner meats, and lighter desserts. Also skip the extras, such as cream sauces, gravy, butter, and whipped cream. 

Drink responsibly.
Alcoholic drinks have loads of calories. Choose something you can sip slowly, and enjoy the time you have with friends and family instead of focusing on the tastes of holiday beverages. Eggnog is especially high in fat, so offer to bring some low-fat eggnog. Cranberry juice and teas are better alternatives for holiday drinking.

At South Ridge Apartments in Greenville, South Carolina, nothing is more important to us than your health, happiness, and overall well-being. We offer these informative blogs as a way to enhance your lifestyle beyond the scope of physical features and services we provide in our beautiful and welcoming community.

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