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Sticking to a Healthy Diet During the Holidays
writes, "Whether you are trying to lose weight, have food sensitivities, or are trying to eat healthy in general, the holiday season often proves to be the most challenging time of the year. Family members may not understand special dietary needs and simply being around foods that you don't normally allow yourself can be incredibly tempting.

As we are headed in to holiday season, here are some ideas to make this wonderful time of year easier.
1) Give out non-sugary Halloween treats - this prevents leftover candy from becoming a tempting snack. Bags of popcorn make a great substitute!

2) Eat a protein-rich snack before heading to parties or family gatherings. This will give you more will power to resist sugary or otherwise "off limits" appetizers until you get to the main course.

3) If there are food items you absolutely cannot tolerate, call your host ahead of time and share that information - offer to bring a side dish that you can use as the bulk of your meal if necessary.

4) Prepare and bring a healthy dessert that you can enjoy and share. Google can point you to a wealth of resources about how to substitute ingredients when baking.

5) Bring healthy snacks to work (cut up apples, veggies, a nut mix, sliced turkey breast, etc.) to prevent you from getting hungry enough to reach for those holiday cookies in the break room - or consider bringing a healthier dessert to set out and share!

6) Don't attempt a cleanse or elimination diet during this time period. For most people it is simply unrealistic and can typically wait a month or two.

7) Finally, don't beat yourself up if you slip a little bit - it happens to the best of us! Just remember your health goals and why you chose to eat the way you do.

Laura Glenn, ND
Naturopathic Doctor


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