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Healthy Holiday

(Submitted by our Guest Expert Blogger Staci Gulbin, RD, LDN)

The holidays can be a challenging time in many ways.

With social events abound with food and drinks, it can be difficult to stay on track with a healthy eating regimen during these times. In addition, there will be some people in our lives that may try to get you to take "just one bite" because they do not understand your ultimate goals or the healthy habits you are trying to create. Although it may be difficult to do, you must ask yourself these things:

1) Why do I really want to eat that unhealthy food?

2) How will it make me feel afterwards?

3) What will be the consequences of eating that unhealthy food?

4) Will not eating that food diminish my enjoyment of the event?

It takes a lot of strength and confidence

in oneself to just say "No thank you" or "It looks wonderful, but I am okay for now."

No one will actually be hurt by your saying no,

and having the strength to stand tall in your healthy lifestyle and be proud of the healthy changes you are making will only add to your overall confidence and peace of mind.

If you are planning on indulging a little this holiday season, here are some tips to use to help you feel satisfied without straying too far off course:

1) Eat a protein rich snack and drink a lot of water about an hour before the event.

2) Carry a protein rich snack (or two) with you during the event.

3) Drink water in between bites.

4) Start with eating your nonstarchy veggies, then protein, and save starchy foods for last. That way, by the time you get to the carbohydrate-laden dishes, you will be too full to indulge too much.

5) Contribute a healthy dish if you are going to a potluck party or event, that way you will have at least one thing to eat while you are there.

Have a happy and healthy holiday season!

For more on Staci Gulbin visit her at www.mylighttrackdietitian.com