Nutrition News: Holiday Strategies
'Tis the season for family, festivity and food -- lots of food. Temptations are everywhere, and parties and travel disrupt daily routines. What's more, it starts before Halloween and goes past the New Year.
How do you stick to your healthy eating goals when everyone around you seems to be splurging? Here are five tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that can help.
No. 1: Holiday-proof your plan. We may not be able to control what food we're served, and we're going to see other people eating tempting treats. Have a plan:
--If you have diabetes, eat close to your usual times to keep your blood sugar steady. If your meal is served later than normal, eat a small snack at your usual mealtime and eat a little less when dinner is served. That strategy also works if you're trying to lose weight.
--Invited to a party? Offer to bring a healthy dish along.
--If you want to have a sweet treat, cut back on other carbs (like potatoes and bread) during the meal.
--Don't skip meals to save up for a feast. You'll be more likely to overeat.
--If you slip up, get right back to healthy eating with your next meal.
--Choose pumpkin pie instead of pecan to cut calories and sugar by one-third.