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Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays

Before you go to a holiday party or social gathering, eat a nutritious snack. Healthy choices include fruit or crackers. That way, you won't arrive hungry.

Spend more time socializing with family and friends at parties. Talk with each other away from the food table to avoid nibbling.

Make healthy substitutions in your holiday baking. For example, add less salt than the recipe calls for, or try using egg whites instead of whole eggs.

While choosing from party buffets, keep the food pyramid in mind. For instance, help yourself to low-fat, low-calorie holiday favorites from the bottom of the food pyramid, including whole-grain breads, pastas, fruits, and vegetables. Enjoy goodies from the top of the pyramid-such as eggnog, dips, and candied sweets-in moderation.

Instead of toasting with alcohol, celebrate with a tasty alternative, such as flavored water, hot apple cider, or fruit juice.

When you entertain family and friends, serve your guests low-fat, low-calorie foods, such as roast turkey, cranberries, and whole-grain rolls.

Get regular physical exercise to maintain your pre-holiday weight. For example, make it a daily habit to take a long winter's walk, treat yourself to a Healthtrax fitness membership, or visit the Care New England Wellness Centers located in Warwick, Rhode Island.

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