Healthy Holidays Survival Guide

You’ve got a lot on your plate (metaphorically speaking) during the holidays. So why add weight gain to the equation? It may feel like we gain 5 or 10 pounds during the holidays, but according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the average holiday weight gain is much less than – just about 1 pound. So I’ve come up with a couple of tips to help tip the scales in your favor this year.

The dark truth
According to, 1 cup of white turkey meat has 220 calories and 4.5 grams of fat – 40 fewer calories and less than half the fat of dark turkey meat.

Eggnog = evil
At your next holiday gathering, opt for a glass of wine, which runs you about 100 calories, instead of spiked eggnog, which can cost you more than 300 calories a cup!

Cut the crust
Forget about making a crust for your pumpkin pie. You'll cut down on your cooking time, not to mention 100 calories and 5 grams of fat. Add a dollop of fat free cool whip for some flavorful flair.
Gravy makeover
Cut your gravy with apple cider to cut the fat and add a tangy taste of fall.

Ban on elastic waistbands
If you wear fitted, flattering clothes on Thanksgiving, you’ll be less likely to gorge yourself on stuffing. Plus you’ll look good!

Just remember – Thanksgiving is a meal, not a month.

How do you keep your holiday eating in check?

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“Healthy Holidays Survival Guide”