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Holiday dieting: Trade your stress for success

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December 4, 2015

Holiday dieting: Trade your stress for success

Family and friends celebrating healthy holiday dieting

If you are working on becoming a healthier version of yourself this year, how can you make dieting during the holidays a stress-free activity? Whether you have had bariatric surgery or are losing weight with a trained medical team, just stick to your goals and keep the following holiday diet tips in mind.

Holiday dieting tips for the health-conscious

During a time bursting with merriment and affection, you should be counting your blessings, not your calories. The best way to continue on your journey to better health is to be mindful of your surroundings. Use these holiday dieting tips to navigate your next holiday party.

  1. Stay hydrated: Alcohol and salty foods can cause you to become dehydrated, so drink plenty of water. Not only will you stay hydrated, but you will feel satiated more quickly.
  2. Share your healthy food recipes: When invited to a holiday celebration, bring a healthier alternative to a seasonal favorite. Not only will this give you a healthy option to enjoy while at the party, it can also help encourage your loved ones to make better diet choices as well.
  3. Be mindful of servings: It is OK to treat yourself to beloved dishes, but keep the portions small. Remember, moderation is key.
  4. Avoid grazing: Eating only because food is nearby is called grazing. Try not to socializing near the food table and pay attention to your body’s cues. This will also help you identify the motivation behind picking up that next serving.
  5. Make exercise a priority: You can give holiday stress the boot and avoid weight gain by remaining active. Try taking a walk, going for a swim or riding a stationary bike for 30 minutes a day to keep your mind, body and soul aligned.
  6. Make holiday cooking healthy: Get creative in the kitchen by substituting healthy ingredients into classic holiday recipes whenever possible. For example:
    • Instead of mashed potatoes, try a low-carb mashed cauliflower with heavy cream or butter.
    • If you love green bean casserole, try this healthier version from the Food Network, substitute the milk with unsweetened almond milk and, use shallots and parmesan cheese to add more flavor.

The momentary pleasure found in your favorite holiday treats shouldn’t keep you from reaching your long-term goals. Enjoy the holidays and if you are in need of guidance when it comes to dieting, please contact the Bariatric Medical Institute today to learn how we can help.

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