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Year after year, holidays seem to make you feel a little heavier when they’ve come and gone. KSMU’s Adam Hammons asked a dietician for eating tips during the holidays.
Holidays are a great time for friends and family to come together and enjoy each other’s company. It’s also a time to eat, and eat, and eat.
Carmen Boyd, the dietetics program director at Missouri State University, has some tips for sticking to your diet during the holidays.
“First of all, most people whenever they’re planning for the holidays they do need to plan ahead. If you know you have a party that night you don’t want to have a huge breakfast, a huge lunch, and be snacking all day. Plan ahead, recognize you’re going to be eating more in the evening or whenever the party may be, and cut back on your calories.”
Boyd says you can eat your favorite dishes, just limit the portion size.
She offered some cooking tips as well.
“If you’re cooking, you can use white or fat-free mayonnaise, sour cream, cheeses, things like that. You can certainly make non-alcoholic beverages as opposed to alcoholic beverages. You could cook with egg whites as opposed to eggs. Things like that you can follow any time of the year.”
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Experts say you can also choose skinless white meat turkey, instead of high-calorie, high-fat dark meat.
You should also wait 20-30 minutes to decide if you need a second helping of food.
For KSMU News, I’m Adam Hammons.